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Red Bull Launch the RB7

World Champions Red Bull Racing have become the latest team to unveil their 2011 car ahead of the first pre-season tests which get underway in Valencia this morning. Current World champion, Sebastian Vettel and team-mate Mark Webber were on hand to unveil the car on Tueday morning in the pitlane of the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia. The Adrian Newey-designed car, which is called the RB7, features a high nose and a higher engine cover than its predecessor. Other differences include the concept rear wing, as well as the reintroduction of the KERS system, which chief technical officer Adrian Newey describes as "the big challenge" for the team this year. "It’s always a challenge to find solutions, which don’t compromise the aerodynamics of the car. This season, with McLaren, Ferrari and Mercedes all having KERS, we need to get it to work, simply for performance off the line.” The team are hoping that the Renault-powered RB7, will continue where it predecessor left off, after dominating the 2010 season, which saw the team snatch 15 out of a possible 19 pole positions, and help Sebastian Vettel claim his first ever championship title, as well as give the team its first ever constructors title. Speaking at a press conference shortly after the RB7's official launch team principal Christian Horner commented: "It’s a great feeling to arrive here and roll out the car with the number one on it as the reigning World Champions, but now the challenge is to keep it. The team’s been very focused on RB7 over the last few months; Adrian didn’t release his drawings any earlier than normal, so the whole design group and production team have done a remarkable job to produce this car in the shortest possible time. It’s a long season, the longest in F1 history, and we have some great opponents, but we are very motivated and will be working hard to hold on to the two world titles. I’m sure it’s going to be a fascinating battle.”

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