The new Red Bull RB11 has been launched in Jerez, featuring a testing livery that is clearly at attempt to hide the shape of the car using dazzle techniques that were developed by the Royal Navy 100 years ago. The car features a lower nose, as mandated by the rules.
“The design of the RB11 has been very much about understanding what we learned from last season,” said
Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey. “We have been working very hard with our partners Renault to help them develop the engine. What we have to remember is that the internal combustion engine and its very complicated associated items, the ERS and turbocharger, are long lead time items. Those are things where if one team takes an advantage then it takes time to overthrow that or get back on a par with or hopefully ahead.”
Team Principal Christian Horner says that the relationship with Renault is now a lot closer.
“Red Bull is the only partner for Renault now,” Horner says, “through ourselves and Toro Rosso, and that focus from Renault together with a close involvement with our design team is yielding good results and a far closer integration between the power unit and the chassis side. Working in unison with Renault we can really make some big steps forward this year. We’ve been pushing to the limit as usual. We had a very tight timescale for the car to be prepared in time for the first test, but that’s normal in this team. If you’re not on the limit you’re not trying hard enough.”
The cars will be raced this year by Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo.
The team says that Newey is still very much involved with the team, dividing his time between the team and Red Bull’s new Advanced Technologies division. The engineering team is headed by Rob Marshall, who previously held the post of Chief Designer. He now steps up to become Chief Engineering Officer. The group also features Head of Aerodynamics Dan Fallows, Chief Engineer, Car Engineering Paul Monaghan and Chief Engineer, Performance Engineering Pierre Waché.
Horner says that the team’s target is to close the gap to Mercedes.
“We were the only team other than Mercedes to win a Grand Prix in 2014 and we won three with Daniel Ricciardo,” he says. “Our target is to close the gap down and put Mercedes under as much pressure as we possibly can. We know what we’re aiming at, we know what we need to achieve and I believe that with the RB11, with the drivers we have and with the new structures put in place we should be able to do that.”