Red Bull RB7
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. Sebastian Vettel was the first driver to test the car.
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|Predecessor||Red Bull RB6|
|Successor||Red Bull RB8|
|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)|
|Tyres||Pirelli P Zero|
OZ Wheels (front and rear): 13"
|Notable drivers||1. Sebastian Vettel |
2. Mark Webber
|Debut||2011 Australian Grand Prix|
|Constructors' Championships||1 (2011)|
|Drivers' Championships||1 (2011, Sebastian Vettel)|
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. It is one of the most dominant Formula One cars ever built, winning 12 of the 19 races and claiming all but one pole position in the 2011 season.
Complete Formula One resultsEdit
(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)
|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|
- Straw, Edd (3 February 2011). "Boys' wonders". Autosport. Vol. 203 no. 5. Haymarket Publications. pp. 16–17.
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- "RB7 LAUNCH DATE ANNOUNCED". Red Bull Racing. Red Bull racing. 2011-01-20. Archived from the original on 23 January 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
- Collantine, Keith (2011-01-29). "Driver line-up set for first F1 test of 2011". F1 Fanatic. Keith Collantine. Retrieved 2011-01-31.
- Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel enjoys perfect day with Kinky Kylie (The Guardian)