Red Bull RB7

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Red Bull RB7
2011 Monaco GP Sebastien (cropped).jpg
Category Formula One
Constructor Red Bull
Designer(s) Adrian Newey (Chief Technical Officer)
Rob Marshall (Chief Designer)[1]
Peter Prodromou (Head of Aerodynamics)[1]
Predecessor RB6
Successor RB8
Technical specifications[2]
Chassis carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite monocoque, designed and built in-house, carrying engine as fully stressed member
Suspension (front) Aluminium alloy uprights, carbon-composite double wishbones with springs and anti-roll bar, push rod-actuated Multimatic dampers
Suspension (rear) as front, except pull rod-actuated rear dampers
Engine Renault RS27-2011 2,400 cc (146.5 cu in) 90° V8, limited to 18,000 RPM with KERS naturally aspirated mid-mounted
Transmission Seven-speed semi-automatic gearbox with reverse gear Hydraulic system for power shift and clutch operation
Weight 640 kg (1,411 lb) (including driver)
Fuel Total
Tyres Pirelli P Zero
OZ Wheels (front and rear): 13"
Competition history
Notable drivers 1. Germany Sebastian Vettel
2. Australia Mark Webber
Debut 2011 Australian Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles Fastest laps
19 12 18 10
Constructors' Championships 1 (2011)
Drivers' Championships 1 (2011, Sebastian Vettel)

The Red Bull RB7 is a Formula One racing car designed by the Red Bull Racing team for the 2011 Formula One season. It was driven by defending champion Sebastian Vettel and Australian driver Mark Webber. The car was launched at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain on 1 February 2011.[3] Sebastian Vettel was the first driver to test the car.[4]

The car was fastest throughout Barcelona testing with Vettel at the wheel. It won the first race of the season at Melbourne with Vettel, whilst Webber finished fifth. In the nineteen races of the 2011 season, the RB7 only failed to finish in the top five twice, when Mark Webber crashed out of the 2011 Italian Grand Prix and when Sebastian Vettel retired from the 2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Vettel used the RB7 to claim the 2011 World Drivers' Championship in Japan and Red Bull won the World Constructors' Championship the following weekend in South Korea. The car achieved three 1-2 finishes during the season.

Sebastian Vettel, who (since joining Scuderia Toro Rosso) makes a habit of naming his cars, named his RB7 chassis Kinky Kylie.[5]


Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Points WCC
2011 Red Bull Racing Renault RS27 V8 P AUS MAL CHN TUR ESP MON CAN EUR GBR GER HUN BEL ITA SIN JPN KOR IND ABU BRA 650 1st
Vettel 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 1 2 4 2 1 1 1 3 1 1 Ret 2
Webber 5 4 3 2 4 4 3 3 3 3 5 2 Ret 3 4 3 4 4 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Straw, Edd (3 February 2011). "Boys' wonders". Autosport (Haymarket Publications) 203 (5): pp. 16–17. 
  2. ^ "RB7". Red Bull Racing. Red Bull. 1 February 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "RB7 LAUNCH DATE ANNOUNCED". Red Bull Racing (Red Bull racing). 2011-01-20. Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  4. ^ Collantine, Keith (2011-01-29). "Driver line-up set for first F1 test of 2011". F1 Fanatic (Keith Collantine). Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  5. ^ Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel enjoys perfect day with Kinky Kylie (The Guardian)

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Awards
Preceded by
Red Bull RB6
Autosport
Racing Car Of The Year

2011
Succeeded by
Red Bull RB8