With a third consecutive title on their mind, Red Bull revealed their 2012 Formula One race car – RB8 online earlier today. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull’s champion German driver, will be hoping to make it three in a row this year, while Mark Webber, Red Bull’s Australian mate, will be giving it all to prove that he is anything but a dummy to Vettel. Just like RB7, their previous F1 car, Red Bull RB8 too features DRS – Drag Reduction System and KERS – Kinetic Energy Recovery System. Mark Webber will get the opportunity to drive RB8 first, tomorrow in Jerez, Spain.
2011 Formula One season belonged to Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel. Of the 19 races last season, Red Bull won 12 of them, of which 11 were won by the 24 year German driver. Back in 2004, when Red Bull entered F1, not many would have imagined these statistics and that too in an era when Ferrari and McLaren and Schumi are on the circuit.
Vettel has a great history with Red Bull, in his first year at Red Bull, back in 2009, Vettel became the youngest ever runner-up to the F1 title, behind Brawn’s Button. In 2010 he became the youngest ever Formula One Champion, beating Britain’s Lewis Hamilton’s record, while in 2011, Vettel broke Alonso’s record and became the youngest ever two-time F1 Champion. Vettel also managed to beat four former champions racing along on the grid last year, this year he will have to beat one more in order to win.
Speaking about the year ahead, Vettel said, “Every season we start from zero again. Unlike other sports, in tennis for instance, you’re the No1 in the world and there is a certain gap between you and the No2. You have this cushion and it doesn’t matter if it’s one year or another year, you still have it. Whereas for us it all starts from zero again, zero points, where everyone has the same chance and we are all building our new cars. Until we put them on track to race each other we don’t really know. So we’ll see, but I’m as confident as I can be at this point.”
Talking about last year’s amazing run, Vettel said, “Obviously we had a great year. We’ll always look back to 2011 and think how special it was. To be honest you don’t start the season with expectations to have the same or a similar season again. We know how hard it is to be that consistent, always there and finishing nearly every race on the podium. The target is obviously to try to do it again, to get everything out of ourselves, so we’ll see how we get on with the new car.”
Talking about team goals for 2011, Mr Christian Horner, Team Principal, Red Bull F1, said; “The team’s goals are quite simple – it’s to try and defend both titles in the manner in which we achieved them. Of course, when you’ve achieved what we have, particularly in 2011, we’ve set a very high standard for ourselves. But we’re always looking to improve, we’re always looking, in all areas, to try and do better. For Sebastian, he’s still evolving, still getting stronger. We saw that in 2011 and I think we’re only going to see that again in 2012. As he gains experience, knowledge and he matures, he’s getting stronger and stronger.”