MILTON KEYNES, England (AP) — To a thumping soundtrack and an atmospheric setting, Red Bull took the wraps off the RB9 car it hopes will provide the English lineup with its fourth straight driver and constructor titles.
Reigning triple world champion Sebastian Vettel and teammate Mark Webber unveiled Sunday a car that is swathed in purple to promote a new title sponsor but appears to have few notable technological changes.
"It's very much an evolutionary car with the devil very much in the detail as we've tidied up a few bits from last year," said chief technical officer Adrian Newey, who designed the latest Red Bull challenger.
While Webber will have the first chance to drive the RB9 on Tuesday in testing at Jerez, Red Bull will be looking to Vettel to bring home a fourth straight drivers' title when the 2013 season begins at the Australian Grand Prix on March 17.
"I'm very excited now," the German driver said. "Now we have to see whether it works as good as it looks.
"It all starts again from zero, a very tough challenge."
Newey has retained the stepped nose with a short so-called "vanity panel" to cover the ungainly front. The car has lost the driver cooling slot and Newey has tweaked the color scheme.