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Red Bull unveil 2010 Formula 1 car at Jerez test

Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel with the RB6

Red Bull ready to push for championship

By Andrew Benson

Red Bull have revealed the new car they hope will enable them to go one better than their second-place finish in last year's world championship.

Race drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber unveiled the car at the start of this week's testing in Spain where they have joined the other major teams.

"This car is a limousine," said Webber, who gave the RB6 a first run in Jerez.

"We only had small aerodynamic changes so we didn't go crazy. It shows how clever [designer] Adrian Newey is."

Webber completed about 40 laps in the wet on Wednesday morning before an oil leak stranded him out on the track.

The team decided to change the engine and Webber was able to go out again with just 15 minutes left of the afternoon session.

Despite a disappointing start to testing, Webber says the team are determined to push on from last year's success when they won six races.

We kept our heads down over the winter and set ourselves aggressive targets

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner

"I think the team has some very good, high expectations," said Webber, who won his first grands prix in Germany and Brazil.

"We had a great season last year and we are not looking to go backwards from that position, so we have some tough goals to meet - as do all the other teams.

"To go forward from there we need everything right and that's what we've tried to do as best we can.

"We are very excited, we've worked hard and there's been a lot of anticipation."

Webber's team-mate Vettel was itching to get back in the car after notching up four race victories last season to finish the season as runner-up to Jenson Button.

The German will have to wait until Friday to take the wheel as Webber will continue testing on Thursday.

"Most important now is that the car is running and that we improve the reliability and speed," said the 22-year-old.

"First you need to make your car work, then you see where you are and according to that you set your expectations.

"There is only one target, to be just one step better than last year. I want to win the world championship."

Red Bull's 2010 car is an evolution of last year's model, with several detail changes.

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The scooped-out, 'scalloping' on the top of the chassis - aimed at improving airflow - is more pronounced, there is an intricately detailed front wing and a 'shark-fin' engine cover similar to those that have appeared on a number of other cars.

Despite earlier indications to the contrary, the unusual 'pull-rod' rear suspension has been retained.

Red Bull designed this for 2009 as a way of optimising stringent aerodynamic restrictions but it caused them problems when the controversial ' double diffusers ', which Red Bull and other teams felt were illegal, were ruled acceptable.

Newey described the RB6 as a "sensible evolution" of the 2009 car, adding: "we tried to refine and evolve it rather than go to new concepts".

"The 2009 car was not designed to suit a double diffuser," he said, "and we had to try to put one on as best we could around the existing rear suspension and gearbox. With this car we've been able to design that part of the car from scratch."

All the established teams will be at this week's test, with Force India, who were not in Valencia last week, joining Ferrari, McLaren, Mercedes, Renault, Sauber and Williams.

Mark Webber on track for Red Bull in Jerez
Webber took the new Red Bull for a spin in gloomy conditions in Jerez

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner is confident that his team have not missed out by skipping the opening test in order to hone their 2010 challenger.

"We felt there was more to be gained off the track," Horner said.

"We set ourselves aggressive targets. We kept our heads down over the winter. We kept working on our concepts and Adrian (Newey) has come up with a new, very good car.

"I think there are four race-winning teams: McLaren, Ferrari, Mercedes and us."

Red Bull finished the 2009 season with the fastest car, with Vettel and Webber winning the final three races of the year, so their new car's pace will be watched with interest.

The RB6 will also be analysed for design innovations conjured up by the engineering team led by Red Bull's chief technical officer Newey, who is regarded as the greatest motor racing designer.



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