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Monday, February 9, 2009

Red Bull launch

Red Bull launched its 2009 challenger, the RB5, in the pit lane at Jerez Monday.

Sebastian Vettel took the car out for a shake down, completing 14 laps before gearbox issues prematurely ended the run.

“With the shakedown out of the way, we can get down to developing the car starting tomorrow and over the next few days,” Vettel said. “Stopping early today was the right decision, as you really need to understand exactly what causes any problem on a brand new car.”

Red Bull 2009 F1 Launch

After several seasons of trying to be best of the rest, with mixed results, the team is targeting wins this time around.

“This year will see us benefit from greater stability in terms of how we run the operation, with all our key players in the technical group having been with us for at least two years and we should not forget they designed a car that won a Grand Prix in 2008, in the hands of Sebastian Vettel,” explained Team Principal Christian Horner. “There is no reason to believe we cannot do that again with these new rules.”

Vettel will continue to test tomorrow, then hand over to Mark Webber on Wednesday, when we’ll get a chance to gauge his recovery.

“I thought I’d let Seb do the boring installation laps and the running-in,” Webber said. “Wednesday’s run will be as much a test for me as for the car, as it will be my first go in an F1 car since I broke my leg. My fitness programme is bang-on course for Melbourne and this test is a stepping stone on the way to being fighting-fit for my home race.”

Incidentally, Red Bull’s press package this year comes in comic book format. You can download the pdf files here. Better yet, you can win a copy signed by Vettel and Webber. Fun!

Teams in action this week in Bahrain, Spain

Testing resumes this week with the teams split between Jerez and Bahrain.

Ferrari, BMW and Toyota will be in Bahrain, while McLaren, Williams, Renault and Toro Rosso join Red Bull Tuesday in Jerez. All will be in their 2009 challengers save STR.

Force India and the “Honda” team will not be testing this week. Don't miss the top stories of the day, subscribe to the SpeedRead Web newspaper now! -- Email SpeedRead -- Learn more about author C.D. Six


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