At the dawn of pre-season testing in Jerez, Red Bull Racing became the latest team to reveal their 2015 challenger albeit with a camouflage livery.
The transition from 2014 to 2015 is less dramatic than the changes at the start of last season and the team have used what they learnt last year as the basis for the RB11. “There are some changes that affect the shape of the front of the car but beyond that most of the changes are under the skin,” Chief Engineering Officer Rob Marshall explained. “We’ve identified the areas where we can make improvements and we’ve worked hard on these. There won’t be a lot that’s visible to the naked eye bit a lot of hard work has gone into the bits that are hidden.”
“It’s been an organised winter,” Team Principal Christian Horner revealed. “We’re pushing to the limit as usual. We have been on a very tight timescale for the car to be prepared in time for the first test, but that’s normal in this team. If you’re not on the limit you’re not trying hard enough.” One of the main struggles Red Bull faced last year was the engine deficit Renault faced in relation to Mercedes. The team have worked closely with the French engine manufacturers to ensure they do not suffer the same problems again. “The relationship with Renault is a lot closer now,” Horner continued. “Red Bull is the only partner for Renault now, with ourselves and Toro Rosso, and that focus from Renault together with a close involvement with our design team is yielding good results and a far closer integration between the power unit and chassis side. Working in unison with Renault we can really make some steps forward this year.”
At the end of 2014, Red Bull Racing said goodbye to four time world champion Sebastian Vettel as he headed to Ferrari. They have promoted Daniil Kvyat to join Daniel Ricciardo at the team.
“It’s going to be very exciting to drive a Red Bull Racing car for the first time for me,” Kvyat revealed. “It’s a fantastic opportunity for me and I’m really looking forward to finally getting in the car. It’s going to be cool. In a way it’s starting from zero, though many people in the team know we quite well there is still the challenge of entering a new team for myself. However, I haven’t really set any targets for 2015. I just want to keep doing the best job possible with hard work and the right attitude and that’s the best thing I can do.”
Ricciardo is equally as excited about the new season. “I feel really good coming into the 2015 season,” he said. “After last year I come in with a bit of confidence and I’m really just ready to keep going from where I left off last year. I’m aware that third was a great result in the championship but I would love that big trophy and a few more trips to the top step!”