One of the most dominant Formula One cars of all time, the RB7 was an evolution of the previous year’s Championship-winning RB6. Though new regulations forced some changes to the car, such as the ban on double deck diffusers, the Adrian Newey-led technical team exploited the pull rod rear suspension that was introduced in 2009. The RB7 was driven by newly crowned world champion Sebastian Vettel and his Australian team-mate Mark Webber, in what would become a bitter team rivalry.
Pre-season testing at Valencia and Barcelona was extremely positive as the RB7 was consistently setting the pace for others to follow, an omen of the season to come. The RB7 would dominate the season opener in Melbourne, Vettel qualified on pole by eight tenths of a second and winning the race by twenty-two seconds. The sheer pace of the RB7 was supreme, especially as it didn’t use a a KERS unit which many of its rivals had integrated. Of the nineteen races, only in Korea did another car start on pole and yet Vettel still remained on the front row. In fact, the only things as impressive as the car’s pace were its consistency and reliability; the RB7 only failed to finish outside the top five on two occasions all season, both accounted for by retirements. Webber crashed out of the Italian Grand Prix after contact with Felipe Messa, whilst Vettel retired in Abu Dhabi after an unexplained puncture on the first lap caused too much damage to his car. The RB7 took victory in Malaysia, Turkey, Spain, Monaco, Valencia, Belgium, Italy, Singapore, Korea, India and Brazil and only once failed to finish on the podium, as Webber finish fourth after Vettel’s retirement. The Drivers’ Championship was sealed after the fifteenth race in Japan and the Constructors’ title followed a week later in Korea.
Overall, the RB7 won twelve races, earned another fifteen podiums, eighteen pole positions and scored 650 points, winning both the Constructors’ and the Drivers’ Championships by a considerable margin.
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This model is part of the Red Bull Racing Formula One Collection.
This model is one of many in our Miniature Steering Wheels Collection.