This Is Red Bull's New Sand-Based F1 Car

Carbon fiber is so 2010. Red Bull's new car, photographed here with drivers Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel on Melbourne's St Kilda beach a day ahead of its official launch, ditches the widely used composite for silicon dioxide.

Following in the footsteps of the RB6 chassis, which won both championships in 2010, Red Bull’s RB7 will have its first test day out on Tuesday at the Spanich circuit of Ricardo Torno in Valencia.

This Is Red Bull's New Sand-Based F1 Car

Further photographs indicate that the ’60s tradition of drivers becoming constructors—think Bruce McLaren, think Jack Brabham, think Dan Gurney—is in rude health at Red Bull, as both Webber and 2010 world champion Vettel have shoveled input into the car’s aerodynamics.

This Is Red Bull's New Sand-Based F1 Car

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