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2010 Red Bull Racing RB6 – Click above for high-res image gallery

What you're looking at here is not a Formula One race car. Sure, it looks like a race car, but what it is, in fact, is a wild card.

Following a tumultuous 2009 Championship that saw everything overturned, the 2010 F1 season is gearing up to be an absolute battle royale. If it weren't enough adding four new teams to the grid (with another waiting in the wings) and the departure of two major manufacturers from the series, three top World Championship teams are entering the upcoming season with multiple World Champions behind the wheel. Mercedes, McLaren and Ferrari may find the front of the pack all to themselves, relegating the rest of the grid to fight for table scraps and the odd point here or there. Or, if last season proves any indication, Red Bull Racing – our wild card pick for 2010 – could stand to upset the champions with a fight of their own.

As surprising as it was last season to see Brawn GP scoring victory after champagne-soaked victory, that team had the benefit of a strategic mastermind, the resources of a world-class automaker and two highly experienced drivers to its benefit. Red Bull, we'll argue, was the bigger surprise. The team started in 1997 as Stewart Grand Prix before changing to Jaguar Racing three seasons later, finally to be bought by Red Bull in 2005. But since Stewart's only race win in '99, the team in its various incarnations never managed to break out of the middle of the pack. Until last season, when Sebastian Vettel – still a relative rookie and the youngest race winner in F1 history – started racking up the wins. Four of them, in all, while his experienced wingman Mark Webber scored a couple more for the team... and the first in his long career.

Last season, however, was last season. What was chaos then is turning back into order now, and to take on the World Champions in the hope of joining their ranks, Red Bull Racing will need one heck of a good car. In accordance with the latest formula, the RB6 accommodates a larger fuel tank and double diffuser design. Otherwise, aside from some small aero tweaks – expected to be further adjustments before and once the season starts – the design is mostly a carry-over from last year's victorious RB5, right down to its Renault engine. Will that be enough to run at the front of the pack? We'll have to wait and see. In the meantime you can check out the mega gallery of high-resolution images by clicking the thumbnails below.


  • JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: Red Bull Racing drivers Mark Webber (L) of Australia and Sebastian Vettel (R) of Germany unveil the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: Red Bull Racing drivers Mark Webber (L) of Australia and Sebastian Vettel (R) of Germany unveil the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: Red Bull Racing drivers Mark Webber (L) of Australia and Sebastian Vettel (R) of Germany unveil the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: Red Bull Racing drivers Mark Webber (L) of Australia and Sebastian Vettel (R) of Germany unveil the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: Red Bull Racing unveil the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: Red Bull Racing drivers Mark Webber (L) of Australia and Sebastian Vettel (R) of Germany unveil the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: Red Bull Racing drivers Mark Webber (L) of Australia and Sebastian Vettel (R) of Germany unveil the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: Red Bull Racing drivers Mark Webber (R) of Australia and Sebastian Vettel (L) of Germany unveil the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: Red Bull Racing drivers Mark Webber (R) of Australia and Sebastian Vettel (L) of Germany unveil the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: Red Bull Racing drivers Mark Webber (L) of Australia and Sebastian Vettel (R) of Germany unveil the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: Red Bull Racing drivers Mark Webber (L) of Australia and Sebastian Vettel (R) of Germany unveil the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: Red Bull Racing drivers Mark Webber (L) of Australia and Sebastian Vettel (R) of Germany unveil the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: Red Bull Racing driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany attends the unveiling of the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: Red Bull Racing driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany attends the unveiling of the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: Red Bull Racing driver Mark Webber of Australia attends the unveiling of the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: Red Bull Racing unveil the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: (L-R) Red Bull Racing Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing driver Mark Webber of Australia, Red Bull Racing driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner unveil the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: (L-R) Red Bull Racing Chief Designer Rob Marshall, Red Bull Racing Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing driver Mark Webber of Australia, Red Bull Racing driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner and Red Bull Racing Head of Aerodynamics Peter Prodromou unveil the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: (L-R) Red Bull Racing Chief Designer Rob Marshall, Red Bull Racing Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing driver Mark Webber of Australia, Red Bull Racing driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner and Red Bull Racing Head of Aerodynamics Peter Prodromou unveil the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: Red Bull Racing drivers Mark Webber (R) of Australia and Sebastian Vettel (L) of Germany unveil the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: Red Bull Racing unveil the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)
  • JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: Red Bull Racing drivers Mark Webber (L) of Australia and Sebastian Vettel (R) of Germany unveil the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)
  • JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: Red Bull Racing drivers Mark Webber (L) of Australia and Sebastian Vettel (R) of Germany unveil the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)
  • JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: Red Bull Racing drivers Mark Webber (L) of Australia and Sebastian Vettel (R) of Germany unveil the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)
  • JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: Red Bull Racing drivers Mark Webber (L) of Australia and Sebastian Vettel (R) of Germany unveil the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)
  • JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: Red Bull Racing driver Mark Webber of Australia attends the unveiling of the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)
  • JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: Red Bull Racing driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany attends the unveiling of the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)
  • JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: Red Bull Racing driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany attends the unveiling of the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)
  • JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: Red Bull Racing driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany attends the unveiling of the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)
  • JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: Red Bull Racing drivers Mark Webber (R) of Australia and Sebastian Vettel (L) of Germany unveil the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)
  • JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: Red Bull Racing drivers Mark Webber (R) of Australia and Sebastian Vettel (L) of Germany unveil the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)
  • JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: Red Bull Racing drivers Mark Webber (R) of Australia and Sebastian Vettel (L) of Germany unveil the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)
  • JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: Red Bull Racing drivers Mark Webber (L) of Australia and Sebastian Vettel (R) of Germany unveil the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)
  • JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: Red Bull Racing drivers Mark Webber (L) of Australia and Sebastian Vettel (R) of Germany unveil the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)
  • JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: Red Bull Racing drivers Mark Webber (L) of Australia and Sebastian Vettel (R) of Germany unveil the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)
  • JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: Red Bull Racing drivers Mark Webber (L) of Australia and Sebastian Vettel (R) of Germany unveil the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)
  • JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: Red Bull Racing drivers Mark Webber (R) of Australia and Sebastian Vettel (L) of Germany unveil the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)
  • JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: (L-R) Red Bull Racing Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing driver Mark Webber of Australia, Red Bull Racing driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner unveil the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)
  • JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: (L-R) Red Bull Racing Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing driver Mark Webber of Australia, Red Bull Racing driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner unveil the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)
  • JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: (L-R) Red Bull Racing Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing driver Mark Webber of Australia, Red Bull Racing driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner unveil the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)
  • JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: (L-R) Red Bull Racing Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing driver Mark Webber of Australia, Red Bull Racing driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner unveil the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)
  • JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: (L-R) Red Bull Racing Chief Designer Rob Marshall, Red Bull Racing Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing driver Mark Webber of Australia, Red Bull Racing driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner and Red Bull Racing Head of Aerodynamics Peter Prodromou unveil the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)
  • JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: (L-R) Red Bull Racing Chief Designer Rob Marshall, Red Bull Racing Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing driver Mark Webber of Australia, Red Bull Racing driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner and Red Bull Racing Head of Aerodynamics Peter Prodromou unveil the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)
  • JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: (L-R) Red Bull Racing Chief Designer Rob Marshall, Red Bull Racing Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing driver Mark Webber of Australia, Red Bull Racing driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner and Red Bull Racing Head of Aerodynamics Peter Prodromou unveil the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)
  • JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: Red Bull Racing driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany attends the unveiling of the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)
  • JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: Red Bull Racing driver Sebastian Vettel (R) of Germany talks to his Team Principal Christian Horner (L) as they attend the unveiling of the new RB6 during winter testing at the at the Circuito De Jerez on February 10, 2010 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Looking forward to seeing how Webber measures up against his teammate this year. With a bit more luck he would have beaten Vettel on points last year. Hopefully Red Bull continue their strategy of not nominating a no1 driver.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If Massa doesn't win the title this year I hope Vettel gets it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        With no means to disrespect you, I hope Massa never wins.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Still the best looking car in F1
      • 5 Years Ago
      Both red bull and brawn benefited from Ferrari and Mclaren having over spent at the end of 2008. Those two teams were fighting it out for the championship and diverted resources away from developing there 2009 car. Thats why neither were in there usually dominating form in 2009.

      Brawn won the championship because the "creatively interpreted" the rules about diffusers. They didn't get kicked out of the championship because the fans liked the story; "under dog team rises from the ashes of honda and takes on the big boys".

      Mclaren and Ferrari will be on there game in 2010 and Brawn has Mercedes money and Schumacher's talent. Red Bull had there chance in 2009 and put up a good fight, but they will be mid-pack in 2010

      • 5 Years Ago
      To call Red Bull a wild card entry is to expose a serious lack of understanding when it comes to Formula 1 history. Quite simply, over the last 20 (more!) years, the dominant cars in F1 had one thing in common: Adrian Newey.

      Newey designed the dominant 90's Williams cars before defecting to McLaren, where he designed the only cars (prior to the rise of Fernando Alonso) capable of challenging Ross Brawn and Michael Schumacher. Newey went to Red Bull a few years ago, and last year's Red Bull was the first "all-Newey" RBR car since he joined the squad. The fact that the car's debut coincided with the most sweeping changes F1 regulations in recent memory just goes to show how far ahead of the curve Newey really is.

      You would be a fool to bet against him.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think YOU are clearly not understanding F1. The car's design is vital, granted. And Newey is a bona fide genius. But to think that it all comes down to a designer as you posited is patently ridiculous.

        Having raced for 20 years, I've seen what it takes, time and again: Talent, coordination, leadership and LUCK. Within that, there's aero, power, reliability, balance, setup, tire use, and yet more LUCK. Red Bull has got lots of things going for it in that regard -- Horner, Newey and Vettel being key men. But there's so much more to it than design. Newey is merely one important piece in the large, dynamic, jig-saw puzzle that is F1 racing management.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Paul: Personally, I didn't think his post had anything in it that stated it was all down to the designer, just that Red Bull & Adrian Newey aren't exactly what you'd call wild card entries... & there's no denying the fact that the man is an absolute aerodynamic genius. The post is open to interpretation though, but I didn't get what you got from it. And it is true: some of the most dominant cars in F1 over the last few decades had Newey to thank for their design. The points you raise about a race team are absolutely true, but let's face it: when your outfit has the design talent behind it coupled with the engineering depth to produce race winning cars, you attract the driving talent (everyone wants a car capable of winning championships) as well as sponsorship dollars that affords you the money to court the best strategists, race engineers, pit crews, PR people etc. Reliability comes with having the right materials, engineering know how & experience, & having the right team around you capable of dialing in the setup, balance etc. is a trickle down effect that results from the basics being there in the first place: good designers, engineers, drivers, & money to spend on development. Of course the management has to bring them all together & get them to work efficiently together... & luck swings either way so I don't think it even belongs in this discussion... but they're all connected as you say. It's never down to any one thing, or it wouldn't be a team sport.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If the pilot would be the only relevant factor for a win, I'd bet anthing that Vettel would kick everybodys ass this season
        • 5 Years Ago
        Gotta agree with Weaksauce. F1 is thankfully not a spec series. Between NASCAR and IRL, that racing has no interest for me. While Vettel is certainly good, the beauty of F1 is in watching ALL the different parts come together, not just a driver.

        Last year, it was clearly BrawnGP & Button. This year...wild cards!
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