Christian Horner and Adrian Newey spoke of the new season’s challenges when they faced the press in Valencia this morning…
Our new RB7 car hit the testing track for the first time this morning in Valencia, a mere 11 weeks after Sebastian Vettel drove his RB6 to victory in Abu Dhabi.
It’s been a quick turnaround for everybody back at the factory, and with just six weeks until the new season, nobody is thinking of taking their foot off the pedal just yet.
Taking a rare breather to reflect on our hectic pre-season, and look ahead to 2011, our Team Principal, Christian Horner, and Chief Technical Officer, Adrian Newey, spoke to the world’s press in Valencia this morning, at the launch of our new car.
“The team’s been very focused on RB7 over the last few months; Adrian didn’t release his drawings any earlier than normal, so the whole design group and production team have done a remarkable job to produce this car in the shortest possible time,” said Christian.
He added: “It’s a long season, the longest in F1 history, and we have some great opponents, but we are very motivated and will be working hard to hold on to the two world titles. I’m sure it’s going to be a fascinating battle.
“It’s a great feeling to arrive here and roll out the car with the number one on it as the reigning World Champions, but now the challenge is to keep it.”
And it certainly will be a challenge thanks to the technical regulation changes introduced by the sport’s governing body for 2011, including the banning of double diffusers, blown rear wings and adjustable front wings, the introduction of adjustable rear wings and, of course, the return of KERS.
“The big challenge for us this year was the reintroduction of the KERS system,” confirmed Adrian.
“It’s always a challenge to find solutions, which don’t compromise the aerodynamics of the car. This season, with McLaren, Ferrari and Mercedes all having KERS, we need to get it to work, simply for performance off the line.”
While we are looking forward to the challenge of maintaining our winning ways on track, off it we’re delighted with the large number of high-profile partners who have signed up to support us in 2011, including Total, Rauch, Pepe Jeans, Casio, Singha Beer, FXDD, Geox, Pirelli, Alpinestars, Platform Computing and Siemens.