2011 Red Bull RB7 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Red Bull is once again looking strong as it heads into Formula One's opening round in Australia. Red Bull ace and last year's champ Sebastien Vettel took pole position for Sunday's race by nearly a second in Saturday qualifying. Mark Webber, Vettel's teammate and Australia's hometown hero, wound up third behind Lewis Hamilton.

Red Bull claims that neither of its drivers used their KERS (Kinetic Energy Regeneration System) during qualifying, which is usually good for .3 seconds a lap. That means, in theory anyway, Vettel has a potential 1.5 second advantage over the competition when the green flag waves tomorrow.

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton is sandwiched between the two Red Bulls in second, while teammate and 2009 champ Jenson Button sits fourth behind Webber. Fernando Alonso is fifth in the first of the Ferraris ahead of Vitaly Petrov for Renault. Mercedes' Nico Rosberg is seventh, ahead of the second Ferrari of Felipe Massa. Kamui Kobayashi sits ninth for Sauber and Sebastien Buemi rounds out the top 10 for Toro Rosso.


  • VALENCIA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 01: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing drives the new RB7 during day one of winter testing at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit on February 1, 2011 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
  • VALENCIA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 01: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing drives the new RB7 during day one of winter testing at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit on February 1, 2011 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
  • VALENCIA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 01: Sebastian Vettel (L) of Germany and Mark Webber (R) of Australia attend the unveiling of the new Red Bull Racing RB7 at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit on February 1, 2011 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • VALENCIA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 01: Sebastian Vettel (L) of Germany and Mark Webber (R) of Australia attend the unveiling of the new Red Bull Racing RB7 at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit on February 1, 2011 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
  • VALENCIA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 01: Sebastian Vettel (L) of Germany and Mark Webber (R) of Australia attend the unveiling of the new Red Bull Racing RB7 at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit on February 1, 2011 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
  • VALENCIA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 01: The new Red Bull Racing RB7 is unveiled at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit on February 1, 2011 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

[Source: AutoWeek]



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