Red Bull launch RB9 at Tilbrook base

The new Red Bull RB9
The new Red Bull RB9

A DARKENED warehouse in Tilbrook, blue lighting and the constant beat of dance music would probably have been the location of a rave 20 years ago.

But today, it was the site for Red Bull Racing as they launched the RB9 - the car the team hopes will guide them to their fourth consecutive clean sweep of F1 titles.

The new Red Bull RB9

The new Red Bull RB9

The car features the stepped nose which many teams have opted to cover this year, and a new metallic purple paint scheme, highlighting the new title sponsor Infiniti emblazoned on the side pods for the first time.

Christian Horner said: “The competition will be phenomenal which is what makes what we’ve done in the last three years even more incredible.

“Last year was such a long season, until Christmas almost. But it’s a testament to all the hard work by the people back here at the factory.

“There’s a fierce desire to keep the two championship trophies in the cabinet here in Milton Keynes again this year.”

World champion Sebastian Vettel said: “This is the first time I’ve seen the car all together and it looks nice. Now it’s up to us to see whether it works as expected.

“Everything starts from zero at the first race. We all have the same chances, it’ll be a long year again for everyone. I don’t think our championships in the past doesn’t give us a head start but it gives us a lot of pressure.

“I’m looking forward to getting out there, getting behind the wheel of the car for testing and finally racing again.”

Mark Webber will get his hands on the car for the first time on Tuesday at the first pre-season test in Jerez, Spain. He added: “I’ve been strapped to Adrian’s cars for a while now, so I know I can trust them! We will look for areas where we think we can improve straight away.

“Next week is about gathering data. It’ll be a long week for the guys back in the garage.”