Red Bull Racing’s 2014 Formula One challenger, the RB10, was unveiled at the Circuito de Jerez with a brief pit lane photo opportunity before the car was sent on its way for its first laps of pre-season testing at the Spanish circuit. The new car, designed to meet the raft of technical regulation changes imposed for this season, will be bidding for a fifth championship win in a row.
On the surface the RB10 may not very obviously reflect that major a change, but the effects of 2014’s aerodynamic regulations are noticeable, most notably so in the case of the sharply raked nose, which has been profiled to meet new rules that demand a lower front bulkhead and a significantly lower nose.
The Red Bull RB10 features a more conventional nose, is attractive, but it wasn’t easy to pen, according to Adrian Newey, who found the turbocharged V6s a difficult piece in the new F1 puzzle.
“Whereas the V8s were a very well-known package, with these power units, the engine itself is easy enough to install, but then of course you’ve got the turbocharger, the intercoolers, and the electrical side in terms of the motor generator units and much bigger batteries,” Newey told the official Formula One website.
Vettel will be joined in pursuit of 2014 honors by new team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.
“Daniel is going to be on a steep learning curve and he’s going to be rated against Sebastian, which will be tough. However, he’s approaching it with just the right attitude,” says Ricciardo’s new team boss Christian Horner.
“He’s looking to learn and benefit from how Sebastian operates and fundamentally Daniel is very fast. I think he could throw up some surprise results this year. I think he has the real potential to be a star of the future.”
While he’s under no illusions about the challenges ahead of them, Horner says the spirits in the team are high. “The atmosphere in the team is excellent. We’ve been riding the crest of a wave over the last four years and there’s a great determination to see that continue in 2014.
“In terms of the key elements this year, obviously the engine is going to be a crucial factor – reliability of the power units is going to be critical,” Horner said. “Obviously whoever has the most powerful, reliable power unit is going to come out on top.”