Red Bull Racing, holders of the Formula 1 Constructors’ title as well as the Drivers’ title with Sebastian Vettel, has launched its track weapon for the 2011 season, just 11 weeks after Vettel sealed a double triumph for the team in Abu Dhabi. Called the RB7, the car was unwrapped at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit near Valencia, Spain, where the teams are having their first pre-season test.

Getting up there wasn’t easy for the Milton Keynes, and now the challenge is to stay on top. “It’s a great feeling to arrive here and roll out the car with the number one on it as the reigning World Champions, but now the challenge is to keep it,” said team boss Christian Horner.

“The team’s been very focused on RB7 over the last few months; Adrian didn’t release his drawings any earlier than normal, so the whole design group and production team have done a remarkable job to produce this car in the shortest possible time. It’s a long season, the longest in F1 history, and we have some great opponents, but we are very motivated and will be working hard to hold on to the two world titles. I’m sure it’s going to be a fascinating battle,” Horner added.

Master designer Adrian Newey said that incorporating KERS to a winning package was the biggest challenge: “It’s always a special moment when a car runs for the first time. The big challenge for us this year was the reintroduction of the KERS system. It’s always a challenge to find solutions, which don’t compromise the aerodynamics of the car. This season, with McLaren, Ferrari and Mercedes all having KERS, we need to get it to work, simply for performance off the line.”

Can’t wait for the action to start and see if Red Bull starts this year like how they ended the last. Gallery after the jump.

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