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Red Bull reveal RB11

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Red Bull have become the final team to reveal their new car, the RB11, after passing last-minute FIA crash tests.

After admitting work on the 2015 car had run right up to the last minute, it was with great surprise when Daniel Ricciardo was one of the first driver's to pull out of the garage as testing got underway in Spain on Sunday morning, even more shocking was the livery on the RB11.

A new look (for testing)

Rather than the usual red, yellow and dark blue, the car featured a black and white camouflage paint job in a bid to stop rival teams from seeing the subtle details and secrets of Adrian Newey's last creation.

The front nose appears to take a leaf from their rivals however with a Mercedes-esque slope from the chassis to a tip very similar to that on the Williams, the sidepods are also quite a bit smaller than on the RB10 with bigger cooling vents at the rear for the hot air to escape.

Can Red Bull hit back?

There is a weight of expectation on Red Bull to recover from what was a mixed year in 2014, despite the much-troubled Renault power unit, the former world champions were the only team not named Mercedes to win last year as Ricciardo scored three victories in his first season with the team.

Renault are expecting a much more competitive 2015 after what they described as an engine "overhaul" during the winter and if that is the case then it falls back to the Milton Keynes-based outfit to produce another strong car aerodynamically.

One negative is the loss of their design genius Adrian Newey who steps back from his role this year, Red Bull also lost chief aerodynamicist Peter Prodromou to McLaren but in Dan Fallows the team are hopeful the loss of two men crucial during their championship winning years will not prove major.

Life after Vettel

The other notable departure after last year was Sebastian Vettel as the German moves on to pastures new at Ferrari, his replacement Daniil Kvyat faces a stiff challenge at just 20-years-old to move up to a championship-contending team in just his second season.

And for the young Russian there is a sense that 2015 is still about development, about improving himself as a driver and at least I expect Kvyat to play more of a number two role to Ricciardo at least for this year.

But that also means there is a lot of pressure on Ricciardo to prove his shock results from 2014 beating Vettel comfortably by season's end was not a fluke and that he can lead a team at the top of F1.

It is an incredible thought that a 25-year-old is five years older than their team-mate but with three years experience, the Australian is a veteran compared to the other three Red Bull-backed drivers on the grid.

A season of progression

Interestingly Red Bull are playing down their 2015 chances given the gap to Mercedes last year, and it would be quite the surprise if Red Bull could compete with the Silver Arrows from the start of the season, but with power unit upgrades allowed throughout the season as well as aerodynamic progress if Red Bull can keep in touch through the early part of the season then it could be much closer come Abu Dhabi than most people expect.

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