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Defending champions Red Bull launch the RB8 // RBR's new car is unveiled in Spain ahead of the Jerez test

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Red Bull launched their 2012 car today at the Jerez circuit in Spain. The new car features both a bump in the bridge of the nose, and some redesigned exhausts - which were of particular consideration for chief designer Adrian Newey.

Speaking of the new car, he said: “It’s a difficult task, we have lost the exhaust technology with the restriction exhaust outlet position that we were able to develop and perhaps be ahead of the pack on in the last couple of years, that led to a big re think over the winter. Whether that will affect us more than other people is difficult to know of course.”

The team, naturally, are aiming to defend both championships but team principal Christian Horner added they weren’t expecting it to be easy: “We’re always looking to improve, we’re always looking, in all areas, to try and do better. We can’t control what our opponents do, we’re up against some formidable opponents, but we can only really focus on ourselves and only when we get to Melbourne will we truly know where we sit against our rivals.”