The Red Bull Racing team presented their new car yesterday, the RB4, inviting the press to the stands of Spain's Jerez racetrack.
Adrian Newey, technical director of Red Bull Racing, confirmed that the RB4 should be able to finish more races than last season. According to Newey, the improvements made to the car will allow pilots David Coulthard and Mark Webber to score more points.
The owner of Red Bull Racing, Dietrich Mateschitz, has set very high objectives for the team, including the goal of finishing 3rd in the Constructors' Championship. Mateschitz thinks the RB4 will match evenly in battle with the BMW-Sauber, the Williams, and the Renault. The owner thinks his team should score a couple of podiums in 2008 and maybe win a race in 2009.
These objectives are really very optimistic. Red Bull Racing is a team at middle plateau and to place in the majority of the races would be a notable accomplishment.
Last season, the hydraulics and the gearbox were the main cause of downfall. The team engineers focused on those parts and now hope that the work will pay its dividends on the track.
The team will use the Renault
engines for the 2008 season and want to compare their performances with Flavio Briattore’s cars.
Are the Red Bull Racing team's expectations too high? We will have an answer in the 2008 season.