Red Bull RB10
|Chassis||Composite Monocoque Structure|
|Suspension (front)||Aluminium alloy uprights, carbon-composite double wishbone with springs and anti-roll bar, multimatic dampers|
|Suspension (rear)||Same as front|
|Engine||Renault Energy F1-2014 1.6 L (98 cu in) V6, turbo|
|Tyres||Pirelli P Zero (dry), Cinturato (wet)|
|Notable entrants||Infiniti Red Bull Racing|
|Notable drivers||1. Sebastian Vettel
3. Daniel Ricciardo
|Debut||2014 Australian Grand Prix|
The Red Bull RB10 is a Formula One racing car designed by Adrian Newey for Infiniti Red Bull Racing to compete in the 2014 Formula One season. It will be driven by reigning World Drivers' Champion Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo, who was promoted from sister team Scuderia Toro Rosso after Mark Webber announced his retirement from the sport at the end of the 2013 season. The RB10 has been designed to use Renault Sport's new 1.6-litre V6 turbocharged engine, the Renault Energy F1-2014.
Keeping with the tradition of naming his race cars, Sebastian Vettel named the RB10 as "Suzie".
Design and development
The early stages of the RB10's development were seriously limited by several recurring issues, with the team managing less than one hundred kilometres of running during the first test in Jerez de la Frontera, less than any other team which attended the test. The team—like fellow Renault-powered outfits Scuderia Toro Rosso and Caterham—were affected first by problems with the physical Renault Energy F1-2014 unit that prevented the individual components of the power unit from working together. Once these issues were resolved, the team experienced problems with the software governing the turbo unit. Red Bull also suffered from unique problems arising from the tight packaging of the RB10 chassis, which caused temperatures within the car to climb so high that parts started to burn.
The team's problems continued during the second test at the Bahrain International Circuit, where they were forced to run with the Energy Recovery System (ERS) disabled on Renault's advice, robbing the RB10 of up to one hundred and fifty horsepower. Although Sebastian Vettel was able to complete over seventy laps of the circuit on the first of four days of testing, the team completed less than forty more over the remaining three days as the chassis was further plagued by mechanical issues. As the test ended, Red Bull had completed less laps than any other team save for Lotus and Marussia, and the fastest times recorded by Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo were outside 107% of the fastest time recorded during the test; had the test been treated as a qualifying session, neither Vettel nor Ricciardo would have qualified for a race.
The final test of the season—also held in Bahrain—was little better; although Ricciardo recorded the car's fastest lap time, it was still two and a half seconds slower than the fastest lap time recorded by Felipe Massa. When Vettel returned to the car, he failed to complete a lap before the car broke down, and team principal Christian Horner admitted the team had no idea when the problems with the car would be fixed.
Complete Formula One results
(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)
|2014||Infiniti Red Bull Racing||Renault Energy F1-2014 V6||P|
† Driver failed to finish the race, but was classified as they had completed greater than 90% of the race distance.
* Season in progress.
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