The only catch is Red Bull doesn’t really provide too many suitable images for side by side comparisons. The top image is quite good, even though the differences are virtually impossible to spot, paint scheme aside. However, the two images after the break aren’t from the same angle, so your mileage may vary on whether you get anything meaningful from those.
While Adrian Newey is renowned for being a wily old fox when it comes to interpreting F1 regulations, he’s trying to fool us that not a lot has really changed this year. “It was difficult trying to continue development of last year’s car while also doing research into the RB9.” Newey said. Obviously it worked for us, but it gave us a very tight timeframe to design and manufacture this car.
“RB9 is an evolutionary car,” he added. “Probably the most significant change is not the regulations, but the new Pirelli tyres. We had a quick test with those in practice ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix but in truth we didn’t learn a lot because of the conditions. Pirelli have supplied us data about how the new tyres behave but past experience tells us that it’s only when we go testing that we really find out.”
As always, the proof will be in the pudding, which we shall taste during pre-season testing later this week.