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Infiniti Red Bull Racing Reveals the RB9

Infiniti Red Bull Racing set the defense of its Formula One Drivers' and Constructors' Championship titles in motion today wîth the launch of its 2013 car, the RB9, in Milton Keynes ÚK.

In front of an audience of team members, partners, guests and international media, drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber drew back the sheet to reveal the RB9, the final installment in a generation of designs that have bought Infiniti Red Bull Racing 34 grand prix victories and six World Championships.

Nine times grand prix winner Mark and triple World Champion Sebastian were joined on stage by team principal Christian Horner, chief technical officer Adrian Newey and corporate vice president global marketing communications representing Infiniti, Simon Sproule.

Despite the largely unchanged nature of the technical regulations for 2013, Adrian Newey explained that the off-season was far from relaxed.'It's a tribute to all the hard work of the guys over the winter because we had a very tight championship battle last year,' he §äid. 'It was difficult trying to continue development of last year's car while also doing research into the RB9. Obviously it worked for us, but it gave us a very tight timeframe to design and manufacture this car.

'RB9 is an evolutionary car,' he added. 'Probably the most significant change is not the regulations, but the new Pirelli tires. We had a quick test wîth those in practice ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix but in truth we didn't learn a lot because of the conditions. Pirelli have supplied us data about how the new tires behave but past experience tells us that it's only when we go testing that we really find out.'

The continuity in Infiniti Red Bull Racing's driver line-up for 2013 is much more straightforward. Sebastian is beginning his fifth year wîth the team, while this will be Mark's seventh straight season wîth Infiniti Red Bull Racing, the longest-established team- driver combination on the 2013 grid.

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'The fact that this is my seventh season wîth the team is a massive advantage,' said Mark. 'I couldn't have envisaged it when I joined and it's hard to believe that you could be wîth the same Formula One team for seven years, as continuity is not always easy to achieve in this sport.


'I think the way we keep people excited and motivated here is important,' he added. 'It's quite a small operation, but obviously we're big on ambition and desire and that makes us perform very well. I've really enjoyed the years I've had here so far and I can't wait to get going this season.'

After a thrilling climax to the 2012 season which saw Sebastian claim his third title in as many years, the sport's youngest ever triple world champion has had the opportunity to recharge his batteries over the last two months and professed himself more than ready to begin the task of trying to win a fourth straight title, something done only twice before in the history of the sport.

'We had a very strong finish last season, but it was hard as the season was so long – it was important for me to enjoy being home,' he §äid. 'Pretty soon though I started training again, preparing for the new season and I'm very excited because this is the first time I've seen the car in one piece. I've seen little bits, but it looks very nice, so now we'll get to see if it works as expected. I'm excited to get going again, to get back in the car, start testing and then go racing. Then, we'll finally find out where we are.'

As Infiniti Red Bull Racing begins the defense of its world titles, Christian Horner emphasized the value of stability in the team. 'The 2012 season was tough and long, but our success was testimony to all the hard work and dedication in the factory,' he §äid. 'We're fortunate that we've been able to maintain continuity within our group. This is the fifth year that this driver pairing has been together. We've got continuity throughout all of the technical teams and all the key areas. I think that's proof that there is a fierce determination to keep both of those trophies in the cabinet for another year.'

The team departs for southern Spain this evening, wîth testing of the RB9 due to commence at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit on Tuesday. Mark will give the car its track debut, driving on February 5 and 6, wîth Sebastian taking over for the final two days, on February 7 and 8.

Source - Red Bull

Infiniti Red Bull Racing Reveals Title Partnership and New Livery

The launch today of Infiniti Red Bull Racing's 2013 car, the RB9, not only marked the unveiling of the car wîth which the team will defend its Formula One Drivers' and Constructors' titles, but it also ushered in a new era for the team. The car features a striking new livery that reflects the strengthened relationship between Red Bull Racing and premium automotive brand Infiniti.

Triple World Formula One Champion Sebastian Vettel and nine-time grand prix-winner Mark Webber were on hand at the team's ÚK base at Milton Keynes to give the world's media its first glimpse of the new car and livery, which integrates Infiniti's purple-hued branding wîth the team's existing racing colors.

The unveiling was an opportunity for Infiniti to reveal that not only has it agreed a four-year deal to become the team's title partner, as announced in November 2012, but also that it will become the exclusive Vehicle Performance Partner of the team.

Commenting on the enhanced relationship, Johan de Nysschen, President of Infiniti Motor Company said: 'Our new, increased partnership as Infiniti Red Bull Racing is a key milestone for Infiniti and a clear indication of our commitment to building the brand globally,' he §äid. 'While the first 24 months delivered outstanding results for both parties, our deeper involvement, which now sees us truly integrated as one team, will bring significant benefits to our people, processes and technology. We go into the 2013 season and beyond wîth a shared objective to deliver world-leading performance on the track and the road.'

Infiniti already has engineering personnel working at the team's Milton Keynes HQ, highlighting the deepening technical synergy between the team and the car manufacturer. The marque aims to integrate further team members into the Vehicle Performance department in Milton Keynes.

Infiniti believes that rotating technical staff through the F1 environment will bring benefits in development processes and performance expertise. An early indicator of the value of the technical collaboration between the organizations was last year's development of the Infiniti FX Vettel Edition from concept to production in just six months. More recently, Infiniti Red Bull Racing drivers Sebastian Vettel and Sebastien Buemi had a hands-on role test driving and developing the new Infiniti Q50.


Commenting on the strengthened relationship, Infiniti Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner said: 'Our stronger link wîth Infiniti from 2013 is part of the natural evolution of our team and demonstrates its growth. We are still a young racing outfit and this title partnership is a very welcome aspect of our development. I firmly believe it will prove to be of enormous benefit on both sides over the coming years.'

Source - Red Bull
 
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2013 Formula One Season
PosTeamConstructorChassisDriversPoints
Red Bull RacingRed BullRB9 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Australia Mark Alan Webber 
596
Mercedes GP Petronas F1 TeamMercedes-Benz
W04 
United Kingdom Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton
Germany Nico Erik Rosberg 
360
Scuderia Ferrari MarlboroFerrari
F138 
Spain Fernando Alonso
Brazil Felipe Massa 
354
Team LotusLotus
E21 
France Romain Grosjean
Finland Heikki Johannes Kovalainen
Finland Kimi-Matias Raikkonen 
315
Vodafone McLaren MercedesMcLaren
MP4-28 
United Kingdom Jenson Alexander Lyons Button
Mexico Sergio Pérez Mendoza 
122
Force India Formula One TeamForce India
VJM06 Mercedes 
United Kingdom Paul di Resta
Germany Adrian Sutil 
77
SauberSauber
C32 Ferrari 
Esteban Gutiérrez
Germany Nicolas 'Nico' Hulkenberg 
57
Scuderia Toro RossoScuderia Toro Rosso
STR8 
Australia Daniel Ricciardo
France Jean-Eric Vergne 
33
WilliamsF1 TeamWilliams
FW35 
Finland Valtteri Bottas
Venezuela Pastor Rafael Maldonado Motta 
5
11 Caterham F1 TeamCaterham
CT03 Renault 
France Charles Pic
Netherlands Giedo van der Garde 
10 Marussia Virgin RacingMarussia
MR02 
France Jules Bianchi
United Kingdom Max Chilton 

2013 Season Review
RaceCircuitDateWinning DriverConstructor
 Australian Grand Prix Australian Grand Prix Melbourne Grand Prix CircuitMar 2013  Kimi-Matias RaikkonenLotus 
 Malaysian Grand Prix  SepangMar 2013  Sebastian VettelRed Bull 
 Chinese Grand Prix Chinese Grand Prix ShanghaiApr 2013  Fernando AlonsoFerrari 
 Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain International CircuitApr 2013  Sebastian VettelRed Bull 
 Spanish Grand Prix Spanish Grand Prix Circuit de CatalunyaMay 2013  Fernando AlonsoFerrari 
 Monaco Grand Prix Monaco Grand Prix MonacoMay 2013  Nico Erik RosbergMercedes-Benz 
 Canadian Grand Prix Canadian Grand Prix Circuit Gilles VilleneuveJun 2013  Sebastian VettelRed Bull 
 British Grand Prix British Grand Prix SilverstoneJun 2013  Nico Erik RosbergMercedes-Benz 
 German Grand Prix German Grand Prix NürburgringJul 2013  Sebastian VettelRed Bull 
 Hungarian Grand Prix Hungarian Grand Prix HungaroringJul 2013  Lewis Carl Davidson HamiltonMercedes-Benz 
 Belgian Grand Prix Belgian Grand Prix Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps,Spa,BelgiumAug 2013  Sebastian VettelRed Bull 
 Italian Grand Prix Italian Grand Prix MonzaSep 2013  Sebastian VettelRed Bull 
Singapore Grand Prix Singapore Grand Prix Marina BaySep 2013  Sebastian VettelRed Bull 
 Korean Grand Prix Korean Grand Prix Korean International CircuitOct 2013  Sebastian VettelRed Bull 
 Japanese Grand Prix Japanese Grand Prix SuzukaOct 2013  Sebastian VettelRed Bull 
 Indian Grand Prix Indian Grand Prix Buddh International CircuitOct 2013  Sebastian VettelRed Bull 
 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yas MarinaNov 2013  Sebastian VettelRed Bull 
 United States Grand Prix United States Grand Prix Circuit of the Americas, Austin, TexasNov 2013  Sebastian VettelRed Bull 
 Brazilian Grand Prix Brazilian Grand Prix Autódromo José Carlos Pace, InterlagosNov 2013  Sebastian VettelRed Bull 

Formula One World Drivers' Champions
1950 G. Farina
1951 J. Fangio
1952 A. Ascari
1953 A. Ascari
1954 J. Fangio
1955 J. Fangio
1956 J. Fangio
1957 J. Fangio
1958 M. Hawthorn
1959 S. Brabham
1960 S. Brabham
1961 P. Hill, Jr
1962 N. Hill
1963 J. Clark, Jr.
1964 J. Surtees
1965 J. Clark, Jr.
1966 S. Brabham
1967 D. Hulme
1968 N. Hill
1969 S. Stewart
1970 K. Rindt
1971 S. Stewart
1972 E. Fittipaldi
1973 S. Stewart
1974 E. Fittipaldi
1975 A. Lauda
1976 J. Hunt
1977 A. Lauda
1978 M. Andretti
1979 J. Scheckter
1980 A. Jones
1981 N. Piquet
1982 K. Rosberg
1983 N. Piquet
1984 A. Lauda
1985 A. Prost
1986 A. Prost
1987 N. Piquet
1988 A. Senna
1989 A. Prost
1990 A. Senna
1991 A. Senna
1992 N. Mansell
1993 A. Prost
1994 M. Schumacher
1995 M. Schumacher
1996 D. Hill
1997 J. Villeneuve
1998 M. Hakkinen
1999 M. Hakkinen
2000 M. Schumacher
2001 M. Schumacher
2002 M. Schumacher
2003 M. Schumacher
2004 M. Schumacher
2005 F. Alonso
2006 F. Alonso
2007 K. Raikkonen
2008 L. Hamilton
2009 J. Button
2010 S. Vettel
2011 S. Vettel
2012 S. Vettel
2013 S. Vettel
2014 L. Hamilton
2015 L. Hamilton
2016 N. Rosberg

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