Better times ahead - that is what Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner confidently foresees as the team's 2007 challenger rolled onto the track in Barcelona today.

Speaking at the launch of the RB3 - the first Red Bull machine that is wholly the product of former Williams and McLaren design genius Adrian Newey - Horner said the disappointment and frustration of last year, when the squad scored but 16 points, had been a necessary evil to ensure 2007 was a big step forward.

"2006 was a year of consolidation," the 33-year-old said. "Adrian influenced the company's design after he joined the group in early January, and by early summer we were faced with the dilemma of either splitting our resources to continue developing RB2 alongside the 2007 car, or putting everything behind Adrian's philosophy.

"It's not often that a team can start with a fresh sheet of paper, but that's effectively what we did with the RB3. During the past months, the group has been backed up considerably with the arrival of Rob Marshall as chief designer, Peter Prodromou as chief aerodynamicist and Keith Saunt as chief operating officer to name but a few. Technically we now have strength in-depth, which should serve us well for 2007 and we can look forward to the future with optimism."

Newey, too, is excited about the challenge that lies ahead. With more than ten world championships to his name and over 100 grand prix victories, the man Horner has dubbed 'the Michael Schumacher of the engineering world' is encouraged by what he has seen at Red Bull in his thus far brief career with the outfit.

"What appealed to me first and foremost about Red Bull," he admitted, "was that it was a one-year-old team, very young, but with a good set of people and a lot of promise. So far things have turned out as I expected.

"I have also been very impressed by the way the whole company conducts itself. It had a very difficult 2006 season performance-wise and, from what I've seen in the past, that's normally when the back-stabbing starts and the blame culture takes hold. That hasn't happened here, which shows the people have the right attitude and the structure is fundamentally very good."

 

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