Infiniti RB9 Red Bull Racing
in: Car Review, New Car, Sport Car » Brand: Infiniti » at February 5, 2013
Infiniti RB9 Red Bull Racing. With most of the top challengers having already revealed their 2013
racing equipment, triple-reigning Formula 1 champion Infiniti Red Bull Racing showed its new RB9
at its headquarters Sunday. Ferrari, runner-up in driver and constructor points last year, showed
its new car Friday while McLaren Mercedes, third among the teams last year, had the first live
launch on Thursday. Lotus, fourth as a team and boasting the No. 3 driver last year, used an
Internet broadcast to unveil its new car on January 28.
According to its designer, the legendary aerodynamics specialist Adrian Newey, it is evolutionary.
It is increasingly difficult [to make changes] because there are no real regulations changes
compared to this year and it will be the fifth season since the 2009 rule changes, Newey
toldAutosport magazine. Last year’s RB8 did not make it to the top of the podium until the fourth
race of the season, as rivals McLaren Mercedes and Ferrari won the first two rounds and
Mercedes scored its first victory in its new incarnation in the third race.
The purple of primary sponsor Infiniti is prominent, crowding out the traditional red, blue and
yellow of the energy drink brand that owns the team. The first of three preseason test sessions
begins Tuesday at Jerez, Spain. Junior team Scuderia Toro Rosso and Mercedes were scheduled
to unveil their cars today and Caterham’s launch is set for Tuesday. Sauber unveiled its new car
Saturday, but the incremental technical changes in the vehicle took a backseat to an all-
newdriver lineup. Nico Hulkenberg comes in from Force India and Esteban Gutierrez is promoted
from test driver, replacing Sergio Perez, who moved to Mercedes, and Kamui Kobayashi, who was
The RB9 will be out to defend Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s driver and constructor titles in
2013.Infiniti Red Bull Racing set the defence of its Formula One Drivers’ and Constructors’
Championship titles in motion today with the launch of its 2013 car, the RB9, in Milton Keynes UK.
In front of an audience of team members, partners, guests and international
media, driversSebastian Vettel and Mark Webber drew back the covers to reveal the RB9, the
final instalment in a generation of designs that have bought Infiniti Red Bull Racing 34 grand prix
victories and six World Championships.
Nine times grand prix winner Mark and triple World Champion Sebastian were joined on stage by
team principal Christian Horner, chief technical officer Adrian Newey and corporate vice president
global marketing communications representing Infiniti, Simon Sproule. RB9 is an evolutionary car.
Despite the largely unchanged nature of the technical regulations for 2013, Adrian Newey
explained that the off-season was far from relaxed. Obviously it worked for us, but it gave us a
very tight timeframe to design and manufacture this car. “RB9 is an evolutionary car,” he added.
“Probably the most significant change is not the regulations, but the new Pirelli tyres.
The continuity in Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s driver line-up for 2013 is much more straightforward.
Sebastian is beginning his fifth year with the team, while this will be Mark’s seventh straight
season with Infiniti Red Bull Racing, the longest-established team-driver combination on the 2013
“The fact that this is my seventh season with the team is a massive advantage,” said Mark. “It’s
quite a small operation, but obviously we’re big on ambition and desire and that makes us perform
very well. I’ve really enjoyed the years I’ve had here so far and I can’t wait to get going this
After a thrilling climax to the 2012 season which saw Sebastian claim his third title in as many
years, the sport’s youngest ever triple world champion has had the opportunity to recharge his
batteries over the last two months and professed himself more than ready to begin the task of
trying to win a fourth straight title, something done only twice before in the history of the sport. I’m
excited to get going again, to get back in the car, start testing and then go racing.
“We had a very strong finish last season, but it was hard as the season was so long – it was
important for me to enjoy being home,” he said. “Pretty soon though I started training again,
preparing for the new season and I’m very excited because this is the first time I’ve seen the car in
While no live-streaming of the unveiling of the Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB9 Formula One car was
planned unusual coming from one of the world’s masters of hype and promotion in Red Bull the
team did release a teaser video of the making of the RB9 on Feb. 3. The video is entitled “RB9
Rhythm of the Factory.” The reigning F1 Constructors’ and Drivers’ Championship team planned
to release more photos and driver and team reaction throughout the day to the soft launch of the
Other scheduled F1 launches yet to come include: Mercedes of its W04 on Feb 4; Toro Rosso’s
STR8 on Feb. 4; and Caterham’s CT03 on Feb. 5. Williams is the last scheduled launch, as that
team plans to unveil its FW35 on Feb. 19 in Barcelona. nfiniti Red Bull Racing on Feb. 3 launched
the ninth Formula One car built under its name since taking over the troubled Jaguar team — and
the one that could earn a third successive title for both the team and Sebastian Vettel. Technical
director Adrian Newey says that the new RB9 is an evolution of last year’s title winning machine,
and stresses that tires will be the key to success in 2013.
Pirelli has created new constructions and compounds for this season, and all the teams have to
adapt. Obviously, it worked for us, but it gave us a very tight time frame to design and
manufacture this car.
“RB9 is an evolutionary car. Probably the most significant change is not the regulations, but the
new Pirelli tires. We had a quick test with those in practice ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix but in
truth we didn’t learn a lot because of the conditions. Meanwhile, team boss Christian Horner
emphasized the continuity in the team.
“The 2012 season was tough and long,” said Horner. “But our success was testimony to all the
hard work and dedication in the factory. We’re fortunate that we’ve been able to maintain
continuity within our group.