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Red Bull launch F1 'limousine'

Vettel, right, and Webber unveiling the new RB6 Formula 1 car in Jerez. (AFP)

By Reuters

Formula One title contenders Red Bull unveiled their striking new RB6 for the coming season yesterday with driver Mark Webber describing the new car as "a limousine".

Red Bull were second in the constructors' championship last year behind Brawn, who have morphed into Mercedes this season, with German driver Sebastian Vettel also second in the drivers' standings won by Jenson Button.

The RB6 has a sleek look with the nose particularly eye-catching and more pointed than previous years thanks to the design of Adrian Newey, who won plaudits for last year's car. A new "shark-fin" engine cover also makes the RB6 stand out while a ban on refuelling during races this year means all cars are longer than before given the large fuel tanks.

"This car is a limousine," Webber joked at the early-morning launch at the Jerez track in Spain, where Formula One's second official test session of the season started yesterday.

"We had only small aerodynamic changes so we didn't go crazy," Webber added despite the new car's distinctive look. "It shows how clever Adrian Newey is that a lot of people copied our car [last year]."

Red Bull are the last of the existing teams to unveil their 2010 challenger.

The team missed the first testing session in Valencia last week to have extra time to work on the car.

"Basically we felt there was more to be gained off the track," team principal Christian Horner told reporters yesterday.

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


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