Red Bull Racing will launch its 2010 challenger – the RB6 – at Jerez on 10 February, the team has confirmed. The unveiling of the Renault-powered car by drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber will coincide with the team’s first pre-season test outing of the season.
As was the case last year, the team is missing the opening test session of the season – being held at Valencia from 1 February – as Adrian Newey’s design team put the team’s latest challenger through its final paces in the wind tunnel.
"We wanted to give ourselves as much time as possible to research and develop the car," explained Newey, Technical Director for the team.
"We felt that, because the car is evolutionary, we hopefully didn’t need to be out early to establish the basic concept of the car. We wanted to allow ourselves as much time as possible to research it."
"Due to the limit on tyres available to the teams, there’s no point in burning up engine mileage and rubber on an RB5 (2009 car)," added Christian Horner, Team Principal. "We’d rather use the tyres for quality testing at the three tests that we have confirmed we’ll run at, starting with the first test in Jerez."