RB9 "late in design" says Horner

Christian Horner optimistic for 2013 despite admitting that designs for next year's car are late.

Christian Horner Red Bull Racing Team Principal
Korean Grand Prix 2012
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Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner has admitted that his team's car for next year, the RB9, is “late in design” after Red Bull Racing claimed its third Constructors’ title last month.

Horner was speaking on the Austrian television show “Sport und Talk”, where he appeared alongside Adrian Newey and Sebastian Vettel.

“For sure, knowing Adrian, it's going to be late!” said Horner. “It's late in design, but the people in Milton Keynes are working tremendously hard.”

Christian Horner Red Bull Racing Team Principal, appearing with Adrian Newey and Sebastian Vettel on Sport und Talk
Horner, Vettel and Newey appearing on the show© Andreas Kolarik/Red Bull Content Pool

With few regulation changes taking place between 2012 and 2013, Horner revealed that the RB9 would be an evolution of the RB8, which was developed up until the final race in Brazil and which gave Red Bull Racing both the Constructors’ and Drivers’ championships for the third year in a row.

“It's an evolution because the regulations are reasonably stable,” Horner said. “We've managed to achieve some wonderful things over the last three years, and we'll be determined to retain the trophies we've worked hard to achieve.”

The RB9 will make its on-track debut during pre-season testing at Jerez, Spain on February 5th, and will go on to complete two more tests at Barcelona before the team fly to Australia for the opening race of the 2013 season on March 17th.