Red Bull Racing becomes the fifth team to unveil its 2008 Formula One challenger when it takes the covers off its RB4 during the third and final day of group testing at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit in southern Spain today [Wednesday].

Twelve months ago, the anticipation of Adrian Newey's first design for the team was met by the radical RB3 but, sadly, looks and performance did not live up to expectation and Mark Webber and David Coulthard both endured a frustrating campaign dotted with the odd good result. Newey's design proved fast - with Webber frequently making the top ten qualifying shoot-out - but was all to often let down by its internals, notably the transmission.

As a result, there is greater pressure on the RB4 to perform from the start of the season. As usual, the design is expected to be a typically sleek Newey vision, but should be aided by continuity on the engine front, as Renault again provides motive power, despite the change to standard ECUs in the wake of the ban on electronic driver aids.

Once the car is unveiled, Coulthard will give it its maiden run during the final day of testing, while Webber continues to test parts and systems in the RB3.

Stay tuned for news and images from the launch....

 

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