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Red Bull happy with later launch of new F1 car

Christian Horner
Horner is happy to keep the new Red Bull under wraps at their Milton Keynes base

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner believes his team's new car will be faster for missing the first round of F1 testing in Valencia.

Rivals Ferrari, McLaren and Mercedes have already given their new models their first outings, but Horner prefers taking extra time to perfect the RB6.

"It's a better strategy to maximise development time. It's an aggressive approach." said Horner.

"It served us well in 2009 so I don't think there is any gamble."

Red Bull intend to follow a similar schedule to last year and launch the car in time for testing at Jerez which begins on 10 February.

Laszlo Panaflex

In the meantime Horner is content that his team are gaining, rather than losing, ground as their rivals take the first opportunity to get out on the track.

"The main thinking was, as we did last year, to give Adrian Newey and our designers as much research and development time as possible," said Horner.

"The reliability of the current cars is extremely high and last year I think on the first day of RB5 we did 90 laps in Jerez and have similar high targets for this year," he added.

Horner, who noted that several rivals' new cars bore a resemblance to Red Bull's previous version, added that the team's new car was on schedule with half of the official crash tests passed.

Red Bull are the only team on the grid not to change its driving line-up for the new season with Germany's Sebastian Vettel and Australia's Mark Webber retained.

Between them the pair picked up 43 points over the last three Grands Prix of last season including three race victories.

"We have had continuity across all aspects of the team. We follow with interest some of the other developments but we are happy focusing on ourselves," said Horner.

"I'd be more than happy for others to have the headlines at the moment."

Webber, who broke his leg in a cycling accident four month before the start of last season, will arrive at the opening race of this campaign in Bahrain on 14 March with a less traumatic build-up under his belt.

"Compared to 2009 obviously he is much better prepared in that he's been able to train properly throughout the winter," said Horner.

"He had a small surgery in the end of November just to remove a couple of screws from the plate within his leg which has given him a lot more movement and freedom to train thoroughly."

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