Infiniti Red Bull Racing have become the latest team to launch their new-for-2015 car after Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat took the covers off the new-camouflaged look RB11 in Jerez.
The car was readied just in time for the commencement of pre-season testing at the Spanish circuit, with the crash tests being passed only this past week, but Team Principal Christian Horner was unfazed, saying that the whole off-season had been well organised.
“It’s been an organised winter,” said Horner. “We’re pushing to the limit as usual. We have been on a very tight timescale for the car to be prepared in time for the first test, but that’s normal in this team. If you’re not on the limit you’re not trying hard enough.”
Horner spoke about how the partnership with Renault has become closer now that Lotus moved to Mercedes-power meaning that only the two Red Bull teams (RBR and Scuderia Toro Rosso) are Renault-powered in 2015.
“The relationship with Renault is a lot closer now,” said Horner. “Red Bull is the only partner for Renault now, with ourselves and Toro Rosso, and that focus from Renault together with a close involvement with our design team is yielding good results and a far closer integration between the power unit and the chassis side. Working in unison with Renault we can really make some steps forward this year.”
The new line-up of Ricciardo and Kvyat also excites the Team Principal, especially on the back of the Australian’s performances for the team in his debut year with Red Bull in 2014 when he won three races.
“It’s an exciting and dynamic line-up,” insisted Horner. “We know the quality of Daniel Ricciardo following his performances last year. I think he was very much the standout driver of 2014 and put an incredible campaign together.
“In Daniil Kvyat we have an outstanding talent. His campaign again last year was fantastic. The speed, commitment and determination he demonstrated were all the qualities were looking for.
“We’ve already seen what Daniel Ricciardo is capable of and we firmly believe that Dany has all the same attributes. They’re young, hungry, incredibly quick and I think they are going to push each other very hard throughout the year.”
After seeing the team’s run of four consecutive Drivers and Constructors’ championship wins end in 2014 after Mercedes dominated, Horner revealed the team should be closer to the Silver Arrow’s in 2015 with its new package, and hopes to see Ricciardo and Kvyat put the Mercedes drivers under pressure.
“We know what we’re aiming at, we know what we need to achieve and I believe that we should be able to close down the gap to Mercedes,” said Horner.
“Certainly I think we’ll make inroads in the first part of the year and with the new development open to us on the power unit during the course of the season hopefully we can continue that trend across the full season ahead. Our target is to close the gap and put Mercedes under as much pressure as possible.”