The Red Bull Racing RB10 rounds out the list of 2014 cars currently testing at Jerez. We still have yet to see what Marussia has concocted, but does anyone really care?
Coming off of 3 consecutive World Championship sweeps, Red Bull are the obvious favorites going into 2014. Adrian Newey’s latest creation is arguably the best looking car on the grid, which isn’t much of an achievement.
At first glance the RB10 looks largely the same as its predecessor. Last year’s livery remains intact with the most noticeable change in the form of a sloped nose, similar to what we’ve already seen from Ferrari and Mercedes.
Granted it’s only testing, but things haven’t been so smooth for Red Bull out on the track. The issues have stemmed largely from the car’s energy recovery unit, even causing a fire at one point earlier today.
Newey has already been very vocal in the media, questioning the 2014 technical regulations. This comes as no surprise, but I find it interesting the way teams love to complain after they’ve had plenty of opportunities to voice their concerns during the rule writing process. It’s a similar situation to the double points debacle in which all of the team principals had a pow wow in Geneva and the subject wasn’t brought up once. Will Buxton did an excellent job analyzing the current predicament Formula 1 is in right now.
2014 marks the arrival of Daniel Ricciardo as Sebastian Vettel’s new teammate after Mark Webber retired last season. Webber didn’t leave under the greatest of circumstances with top brass and it will be interesting to follow Ricciardo’s experience with the team.
I still can’t decide if the RB10 is a good looking car or it’s just the best of the worst. Formula 1 is in a very strange place right now. At one time it really was the pinnacle of professional motor sports. These days I’m not so sure anymore. As the new cars were revealed to fans there was a wave of laughter and a perception that the sport had lost it’s collective mind. What we should be talking about are the new V6 turbos and how surprisingly good they sound, Kimi driving a Ferrari again, Ricciardo fitting in at Red Bull, the young guns at Force India and just who on earth could potentially steel the crown from Vettel. Instead we’re making penis jokes, complaining about fuel conservation and double points – all of which shouldn’t even exist in the sport.
I sincerely hope Formula 1 gets it together and realizes what it used to be and what it’s unfortunately becoming. If last season was any indication of the style of racing we’ll see in 2014, fans will simply walk away and never look back.
Photos courtesy of Red Bull Racing.