The Red Bull RB10, perhaps the most eagerly awaited of the 2014 cars, was finally unveiled to the media on Tuesday morning in Jerez.
However, plans for the car to begin testing immediately were put on hold due to what team boss Christian Horner called a “setup” problem that had become apparent the previous evening, and which left Sebastian Vettel waiting for the car to be readied.
The car has what Adrian Newey terms a “keel nose,” and along with the Mercedes is one of the more attractive designs to be seen so far.
“Big regulation changes are always big technical challenges,” said Newey. “Obviously, this year we’ve got two big changes – a big change to the aerodynamic regulations, not as large as we had in 2009, but still very significant and coupled with that is the power train. It’s a lot of work for the teams, it’s been a lot to do over the winter.
“We had quite a compressed schedule because we were in the championship battle last year, and while the second half of the season with hindsight we could possibly have afforded to stop developing the car a little bit sooner, we weren’t to know that at the time, so we kept pushing through last season. That obviously reduced our time to research and develop this year’s car.
“I guess with the performance we had at the end of last year, we would have been quite happy if the regulations hadn’t changed. But the reality is the regulations should change from time to time. It’s an equal opportunity for all of is. It’s a fresh start and the usual sort of nervousness and pensiveness (of), ‘What’s everybody else been up to?’ We know roughly what we’ve done, but we don’t know whether that’s as good or not as good as other people.”