• MILTON KEYENES, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 03: Drivers Mark Webber of Australia (L) and Sebastian Vettel of Germany pose along side the new car during the Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB9 launch on February 3, 2013 in Milton Keyenes, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
  • MILTON KEYENES, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 03: Drivers Mark Webber of Australia (L) and Sebastian Vettel of Germany pose along side the new car during the Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB9 launch on February 3, 2013 in Milton Keyenes, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 03: The new Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB9 at the launch on February 3, 2013 in Milton Keynes, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
This is the car and the team that everyone wants to dethrone. The stability of this year's regulations means that the Infiniti Red Bull RB9 is a seriously honed RB8; however, that's a situation probably no other team would complain about seeing that the RB8 recovered from early stumbles and reliability issues last year to carry Sebastian Vettel to a third consecutive driver's title and the team to a third consecutive constructor's trophy.

The most noteworthy revisions to the car are the partial vanity panel that omits the driver cooling slot, the even narrower rear end – a feature of just about every car launched so far – and purple sidepods to showcase new title sponsor Infiniti. Adrian Newey, perhaps the most feared designer on the pit lane, said the nose and front wing could be changed relatively easily throughout the season, but he wanted to make sure to get the middle of the car – everything from the sidepods, back – as good as possible since they're more difficult to re-engineer. His track record leads us to believe he did just that.

Below are two videos, one of the making of the RB9, the other the launch at team headquarters in Milton Keynes.






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      chanonissan
      • 2 Years Ago
      For those who think renault does not make reliable engine, should pay attention to the F1 from 2004, renault have been the most reliable engine, and winning titles for their own cars and other manufacture using their engines. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renault_in_Formula_One
      Joe
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would think a seriously honed RB8 would leave the other teams alot to be afraid of..
      Master of Pong
      • 2 Years Ago
      The 3rd picture, a rendered image, is of the 2012 car. You can tell most obviously by the intake on the nose in front of the cockpit, which is absent in the 2013 car. Also obvious are the decal differences: the article even mentions the new purple sidewalls with Infinity logo, not seen in the 3rd picture. As best I can tell, that's the only misplaced image.
      Jonathan Lee
      • 2 Years Ago
      Um, guys, I think the picture of the car Mark Webber is in is last year's car.
      sloturbo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can't wait until March!
      Brodz
      • 2 Years Ago
      That was an absolutely awesome video. Thanks for that AB
      Driver3
      • 2 Years Ago
      That one pic makes it look like they have their hands on each others butt....
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