Introducing Red Bull's RB7
Red Bull Racing have launched their 2011 challenger to replace the title winning RB6, welcome to the RB7!
The defending champions Red Bull Racing (6/4 favorites for Constructors Championship) enter the new season with the Renault powered RB7 featuring a number of changes compared to the title winning RB6.
Changes include both a higher nose and engine cover, together with a revised rear wing as per the change in F1 regulations for the 2011 season which allows teams to use an adjustable rear wing in an attempt to provide the drivers with more overtaking ability.
Adrain Newey - Red Bull technical director; "The thing with the moveable rear wing, of course, is that we're allowed to deploy it all the time in qualifying but only in close proximity in the race, so that will no doubt have a big effect on how a race unfolds. Potentially overtaking, depending on how the rear wing is tuned, will certainly be easier. But whether it almost becomes like the old Monza slip-streamers, where there was an advantage to being second into the last lap remains to be seen.
"I don't think that's a problem because it's very easy to tune it, tune where it's applied. So that is something where I expect the FIA will be developing their learning and adjusting how it is allowed to be used through the season."
Though Red Bull No.2 Mark Webber (priced at a very tempting 11/1) could not understand why the wing will be free to use in qualifying, but is looking forward to a battle with Red Bull teammate and Drivers Championship favourite Sebastian Vettel at 5/2.
"I don't know why we do that because we don't race each other in qualifying, so it just adds more stuff for us to do for no particular reason." said the Aussie "I haven't met a driver yet who understands why we are using it in qualifying,"
" I hope we can use it against each other at the front, running one-two - that will be a nice problem to have. I think it's still such early days for how this wing will be used. The FIA I think will monitor how the wing situation is going. But in racing, of course, that is where it comes in, as a tool to help us overtake, so that's going to need fine tuning as the season goes on potentially. If we use it on each other then it should be fine."
Title rivals McLaren (5/2 for the Constructors) continue to hold back on their 2011 offering, possibly because the Woking based outfit are concealing a ground-breaking change to the car which it obviously would not want other teams to copy.
"I think one of the beauties and great things about Formula One, is that there's always the possibility that someone else will come out with a great idea that the rest of us haven't thought of and gain an advantage through that. It's essential that the teams should be hard to perform against and that's one of the things that makes it so great. So from that sense there is some nervousness for us but also some excitement." Said Red Bull technical director Adrain Newey.
F1 2011 betting prices with William Hill
F1 2011 Drivers' Championship: Red Bull 6/4, Ferrari 5/2, McLaren 5/2, Mercedes GP 13/2, Renault 16/1, Williams 33/1, Force India 50/1, BMW Sauber 80/1, Team Lotus 100/1, Toro Rosso 150/1, HRT 500/1, Virgin 500/1.
F1 2011 Constructors' Championship: Sebastian Vettel 5/2, Fernando Alonso 3/1, Lewis Hamilton 7/2, Nico Rosberg 9/1, Michael Schumacher 10/1, Mark Webber 11/1, Jenson Button 12/1, Robert Kubica 20/1, Felipe Massa 20/1, Adrian Sutil 66/1, Nico Hulkenberg 100/1, Rubens Barrichello 100/1, Kamui Kobayashi 125/1, Vitaly Petrov 125/1, Jamie Alguersuari 150/1, Seb Buemi 150/1, Pastor Maldonado 200/1, Paul Di Resta 250/1, Sergio Perez 250/1, Nick Heidfeld 250/1, Bruno Senna 500/1, Timo Glock 500/1, Jarno Trulli 500/1, Timo Glock 500/1, Jarno Trulli 500/1, Heikki Kovalaonen 500/1, Jerome D'Ambrosio (1/5 Odds Place 123)
Jenson Button number of GP wins in 2011: 2+ 4/7 - None or One 5/4
Lewis Hamilton Number of GP wins in 2011: Three or less 8/11 | Four or more 1/1
Michael Schumacher to win at least one race in 2011: 6/4
Lewis Hamilton to have fastest lap, qualify fastest & win race at British GP: 8/1
Michael Schumacher to retire during the season: 6/1