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Postby Ed » Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:34 pm

RED BULL F1 ANNOUNCES RESERVES FOR 2010

The subs’ bench for Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso will be an all-Australasian affair for 2010, as the two teams confirm their reserve drivers: Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo and New Zealand’s Brendon Hartley. The two drivers, who are both members of the Red Bull Junior Team, will alternate the reserve driver duties on a race by race basis.

Daniel is the reigning champion of the British Formula 3 series. A native of Perth, the 20-year-old made a name for himself when his racing career bought him to Europe. After competing in Formula Renault Italy in 2007, he moved to Formula Renault West European Cup in 2008 and won the title, by taking ten pole positions and eight victories. He moved up a class in 2009 to the British Formula 3 Championship, where six wins and several points-scoring finishes saw him wrap up the Championship with two races to spare.

Ricciardo’s team-mate Brendon (20) hails from Palmerston North in New Zealand. After impressing in Formula Ford and the Toyota Racing Series on home turf, Brendon also moved to Europe to progress his career. In 2006 he contested the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup before winning the Eurocup title with a round to spare in 2007. In 2008 he moved to the British Formula Three Championship where he finished third, before moving to the F3 Euro Series last year. A recent highlight for the two drivers was taking part in the 2009 end of season F1 test in Jerez. Brendon was at the wheel of the TR4 for Scuderia Toro Rosso, while Daniel drove the RB5 for Red Bull Racing for all three days. After an impressive test, Daniel topped the time-sheets. Both drivers displayed good pace and offered useful feedback which aided the teams in their work ahead of the 2010 season.

While the position of reserve driver can sometimes be seen as one of the less active roles at the track, the position is far from ceremonial. Daniel and Brendon will sit-in on the briefings and debriefs, attend driver meetings and familiarise themselves with the everyday workings of the garage and pit-wall. They will also fulfil marketing commitments for the teams.

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Postby Julian Mayo » Sun Jan 31, 2010 9:07 am

And they are both blindingly quick. In his Red bull test Daniel set the fastest time of the year on that track.
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Postby Julian Mayo » Sun Feb 07, 2010 6:21 am

Reportedly, Webbo will debut the new car.
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Postby Dano » Thu Feb 11, 2010 8:51 am

It all looks good for rb this year but if they can continue the form to this year will be the million dollar question. For webbers future sakes i hope he does perform well again.

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Postby Ed » Thu Feb 11, 2010 9:05 am

The RB6 was unveiled at the Jerez Circuit in Spain this morning at 0830hrs ahead of its first day of testing.

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Adrian Newey, Chief Technical Officer: “The RB6 is very much an evolution of the 2009 car; we tried to refine and evolve it rather than go to new concepts. As a result, the car looks similar with elements such as the chassis and pull-rod rear suspension retained. The two main challenges were the larger fuel tank and the smaller front tyre. With the fuel tank, there was more to it than simply putting a bigger tank in the car – it puts more load on the brakes, so the brake cooling has to cope with that and you also have to consider what effect that extra fuel will have on the tyre degradation early in the race and if there’s anything we should change mechanically to cope with that. The narrower front tyre changes weight distribution and the balance of the car. I think it’s a sensible evolution of the 2009 car. One obvious difference is that the 2009 car was not designed to suit a double-diffuser and we had to try to put one on as best we could around the existing rear suspension and gear box. With this car we’ve been able to design that part of the car from scratch.”

Christian Horner, Team Principal: “2009 was a massive year for the team and I think we took a huge step forward. Red Bull Racing’s still a relatively young team and so the lessons that we learned last year will serve us well going into 2010. The performance of the car developed throughout 2009 and I believe we ended the year with the best chassis. We’ve had stability over the winter and continuity in all areas, so I think we’re in good shape. We completely respect the quality of our opponents, but we’re setting ourselves aggressive targets. It’s fantastic to see the car finally taking to the track after so much hard work and effort.”

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Postby Ed » Thu Feb 11, 2010 9:08 am

JEREZ TEST – Day One

Driver: Mark Webber
Car: RB6 – 01
Laps: 50
Best time: 1.26.502
Circuit length: 4.423 km
Fastest lap: N. Rosberg – 1:20.927 (set before the rain started)

Following its unveiling in the pit lane at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit this morning, the RB6 completed its first day of testing today.

Despite continuous rain from around 1000hrs onwards, the team made good progress in the morning as it began working through the new car system checks. However, an oil leak late morning led to a precautionary engine change for the RB6 in the afternoon, which lost the team some valuable track time.

“It was great to finally see the car in action after a long winter with no testing”, said Ian Morgan, Head of Race Engineering. “Everything ran very smoothly this morning and the build of the car was very structured. It’s frustrating that a problem with a simple component late morning forced an engine change later in the day, as it cost us quite a lot of time. However, the most disappointing thing today was the weather – it’s good to have a test in the wet, but it’s not ideal when it’s your first. We’re hoping for better conditions tomorrow when we will continue working through the new car system checks.”

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Postby Ed » Fri Feb 12, 2010 9:56 am

JEREZ TEST – Day Two

Driver: Mark Webber
Car: RB6 – 01
Laps: 100
Best time: 1.22.043
Circuit length: 4.423 km
Fastest lap: K. Kobayashi – 1:19.950

The second day of the current Formula One pre-season test in Jerez provided far better weather conditions than day one and gave Red Bull Racing its first real chance to test the RB6 in the dry.

Any remaining damp track conditions had dried by 1000hrs and, after yesterday’s rainsoaked session, the team were keen to get going. With Mark Webber at the wheel they began its working though their large development programme and concentrated on set-up work, clocking up 100 laps.

After his second day of testing the RB6 (and his last at this first Jerez test), Mark Webber commented: “It’s been a very productive two days. We’ve had a few little niggles here and there with reliability, but despite that we’ve managed to complete quite a few laps with the new car. We’ve had one wet and one dry day and learned a lot on both. We’ve still got quite a bit of testing to go before we get to Bahrain, which we’re going to need to continue to understand the car and keep finding performance.
But I’d say we’re off to a pretty solid start and we’ve got a great base to build on.”

The team will continue testing tomorrow when Sebastian Vettel will get his first chance to drive the RB6.

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Postby Ed » Sat Feb 13, 2010 12:16 pm

JEREZ TEST – Day Three

Driver: Sebastian Vettel
Car: RB6 – 01
Laps: 59
Best time: 1.21.783
Circuit length: 4.423 km
Fastest lap: J. Alguersuari – 1:19.919

Sebastian Vettel drove Red Bull Racing’s 2010 championship challenger, the RB6, for the first time today, as he took over from Mark Webber on day three of the current four-day test in Jerez.

After an initial run on dry tyres, Sebastian was forced to use intermediate and extremes for the rest of the day as wet weather set in from 0945hrs. The team’s plan was to focus on aero-testing, but progress was hampered by deteriorating weather. By 1615hrs, conditions were so wet on track that Red Bull Racing, in line with the other Formula One teams testing in Jerez, decided to end the session early. Despite the weather, the car ran without any problems today.

Sebastian Vettel commented; “After three months, it was good to come back and drive the car – it felt okay and we didn’t have any big issues. Obviously the weather is not ideal for us to find out more about the car, but we knew the rain was coming so we didn’t mess around this morning and went straight out to do some laps. It then rained all day, but you could face these conditions in a grand prix, so it’s important to do laps in the wet. Overall, we didn’t do enough because of the weather, but I’m pretty happy.”

Sebastian will be driving the RB6 again tomorrow for the last day of this current preseason F1 test at the Jerez Circuit.

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Postby Ed » Sun Feb 14, 2010 12:05 pm

JEREZ TEST – Day Four

Driver: Sebastian Vettel
Car: RB6 – 01
Laps: 90
Best time: 1.21.203
Circuit length: 4.423 km
Fastest lap: L. Hamilton – 1.19.583

Sebastian Vettel was at the wheel of Red Bull Racing’s RB6 today for the final day of the current Jerez test. It was his second day of testing, as Mark Webber had driven on days one and two.

The team’s plan was to focus on set-up work and aero testing, although the weather once again played a part and damp conditions in the morning meant Sebastian began the day on intermediate tyres.

Conditions dried by lunchtime, but a fuel pump failure in the afternoon cost the team around three hours of dry running time. Sebastian ended the day with a final long run on dry tyres.

At the end of the RB6’s first test, Ian Morgan, Head of Race Engineering said: “It’s been a productive first week with the RB6, despite the weather and lack of dry conditions. We’re pleased with the car overall, it’s showing a lot of promise.”

The next test will take place at the Jerez Circuit, starting on Wednesday 17 February.

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Postby Ed » Thu Feb 18, 2010 11:42 am

JEREZ TEST – Day One

Driver: Sebastian Vettel
Car: RB6-01
Laps: 104
Best time: 1.22.593
Circuit length: 4.423 km
Fastest lap: Sebastian Vettel – 1.22.593

TEST SUMMARY
Poor weather conditions and a break-down in the official timing were the obstacles in the way of today’s testing, but consistent runs from Sebastian ensured the RB6 topped the timesheets on the first day of our second 2010 session.

Testing was heavily affected by the wet conditions – heavy rain overnight and this morning meant a soaking track forcing initial runs on wet tyres and that our aero and mechanical set-up testing was not as extensive as planned.
A break in the weather over lunch provided dry running in the early afternoon, before the return of the rain. The official timing system also shut down during which we lost a few recorded laps, but it was clear by the end of the day that Sebastian had made the quickest time.

Ian Morgan, Head of Race Engineering, said: “We got a lot of laps done and the car has been good and reliable. We’ve made a few small changes but we didn’t get through as much as the programme as we’d hoped because of the weather. Sebastian and the car were consistent on the long runs in the dry which is promising.
“We’re continuing to make steady progress; the car is better than it was last week and every time we turn a wheel we seem to be moving forward a little bit.”

Tomorrow is Sebastian’s final day testing at Jerez, before Mark Webber takes over.

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Postby Ed » Fri Feb 19, 2010 9:25 am

JEREZ TEST – Day Two

Driver: Sebastian Vettel
Car: RB6 – 01
Laps: 71
Best time: 1:28.162
Circuit length: 4.423 km
Fastest lap: R. Barrichello– 1:27.145

Sebastian Vettel was driving the RB6 again today on day two of the current four-day test in Southern Spain where, guess what – it rained!

The team’s agenda had included more aero-testing and set-up work, but Mother Nature had other ideas and intermittent heavy rain and strong winds compromised the planned programme. Sebastian used full-wet tyres in the morning and wet and intermediate tyres in the afternoon. He completed 71 laps and the car ran reliably all day.

At the end of the session, Sebastian Vettel said: “Generally, the feeling with the car is good. The weather has been pretty bad over the last couple of days, which meant we couldn’t do a lot of our planned testing, although it’s been the same for everyone. It’s a shame, as this is one of our three pre-season tests and last week the weather was quite bad also – it seems that Spain is not so happy to have us here! Nevertheless, we have still got some important work done and the car has been reliable; we didn’t have any problems. Hopefully we will have better weather in Barcelona next week and conditions will improve here for Mark over the next couple of days.”

Mark Webber is back in the car tomorrow and will drive for the remaining two days of this test.

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Postby Ed » Sat Feb 20, 2010 6:58 pm

JEREZ TEST – Day Three

Driver: Mark Webber
Car: RB6 – 01
Laps: 115
Best time: 1:19.299
Circuit length: 4.423 km
Fastest lap: Mark Webber (see above)

After torrential rain and lightening storms last night in Jerez (which saw the police resorting to boats on some local roads), there was bright sunshine today.
Mark Webber was back driving the RB6 and began the day on extreme wet tyres, as conditions remained damp from overnight rain. He then switched to intermediate tyres and by 1100hrs was running on dry tyres. A small mechanical issue early afternoon cost the team around two hours of running time, but Mark was able to get back out on track with plenty of time remaining and completed a series of short and long runs to test various chassis set-ups and analyse tyre degradation.

At the end of the session, Ian Morgan, Head of Race Engineering, said “It’s good to finally get some dry conditions and complete some proper runs on dry tyres, which we’ve done very little of with this car so far. We did 115 laps today, which is pretty good; things look promising.”

Mark Webber said: “We’re certainly showing some good form in terms of reliability, but we always need to work on performance; you never know that the other teams are doing. We’re in a good position at the moment to build up to the first race – it’s close, but there’s also quite a way to go, as other teams have no doubt planned developments for Bahrain. We’re doing the work we need to do, in order to understand the car more.”

Mark Webber will be back in the car tomorrow for the final day of this test.

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Postby Ed » Sun Feb 21, 2010 12:19 pm

JEREZ TEST – Day Four
Driver: Mark Webber

Car: RB6 – 01
Laps: 88
Best time: 1:21.194
Circuit length: 4.423 km
Fastest lap: J. Button – 1:18.871
With more sunshine in Jerez today and a dry race circuit, Mark Webber began testing the RB6 this morning with a series of long runs to evaluate three different Bridgestone tyre compounds.

After three successful runs, Mark’s fourth was stopped late morning when the car had an engine failure. The team lost around two and a half hours of running time while a replacement was fitted, but Mark was back out on track in the afternoon. After an installation lap, he completed one very long run, as the team continued its tyre testing.

Mark Webber said: “The weather was a lot kinder to us on the last two days and we learned a hell of a lot, no question about it. We did a lot of stuff with Renault and also learned about the aerodynamics and the chassis – there were lots of things we kept throwing into the fire and we kept learning, so that was good. We need a nice clear run in Barcelona and a little more reliability there and we’re ready to go racing.”

Ian Morgan, Head of Race Engineering said: “It was frustrating test with the wet weather over the first two days, but having two dry days at the end was good and enabled us to get some good mileage on the car. Next week’s test in Barcelona will concentrate on our final preparations before Bahrain, including some race simulations.”

As Ian mentioned, the team will be in Barcelona next week for the final pre-season test, ahead of the first race in Bahrain on 14 March.

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Postby Ed » Fri Feb 26, 2010 10:27 am

BARCELONA TEST – Day One

Driver: Mark Webber
Car: RB6 – 01
Laps: 109
Best time: M. Webber 1:21.487
Circuit length: 4.655 km
Fastest lap: M. Webber (see above)

Mark Webber was driving for the team in Barcelona today, as Red Bull Racing began its final 2010 pre-season test, ahead of the first race in Bahrain next month.

After the soggy conditions last week in Jerez, it was bright and sunny today in Barcelona. The team’s programme included a race weekend simulation within one day, as they ran through procedures for P3, qualifying and a race.

Ian Morgan, Head of Race Engineering said, “Today was always planned as a raceweekend simulation day, so we did some testing along with P3 and qualifying in the morning and a race simulation in the afternoon.
Everything went very well up until halfway through the race simulation, when something in the data made us decide to stop the car on track. It was nothing major though and we got the car repaired and back out until the end of the session. It went well today, apart from that small reliability issue.”

Mark Webber said: “We had a pretty good day of testing. We did some simulations and performance items in the morning and a race simulation in the afternoon. We had a precautionary stop in the middle of the race simulation because of a gearbox oil alarm, but the guys got the car turned around pretty quickly and we finished the session, so it wasn’t too bad.”

Sebastian Vettel will be driving for the next two days of this final four-day test, with Mark taking over again on Sunday.

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Postby Ed » Sat Feb 27, 2010 10:10 am

BARCELONA TEST – Day Two

Driver: Sebastian Vettel
Car: RB6 – 01
Laps: 125
Best time: 1:21.258
Circuit length: 4.655 km
Fastest lap: N. Hulkenburg (1:20.614)

As the sun shone over a blustery Circuit de Catalunya today on day two of the current four-day test in Barcelona, Sebastian Vettel was aboard the RB6 for Red Bull Racing.

The team undertook its second race weekend simulation and by the end of the session Sebastian had completed 125 laps.

Ian Morgan, Head of Race Engineering said “Today was almost a repeat of the race simulations we did with Mark yesterday and it all went pretty much to plan. We stopped the car again during the race simulation, which was precautionary to check a couple of things, but it was only a minor problem and we quickly got running again. Sebastian finished the race simulation completely before the end of the session; we did a lot of laps and we’re pretty happy with the car.”

Sebastian Vettel said: “It was good today – we didn’t have any major problems. We had to stop in the afternoon for a minor issue, but it’s quite normal in testing. When you’re testing, you don’t want to risk any damage so it’s best to switch the car off and stop if you don’t have to push when there’s an alert in the background. We had a lot of rain in Jerez so we still have a lot to do over the last two days here, such as finding out more about the tyres and doing some set up work.”

Sebastian Vettel will be driving again tomorrow and then Mark will be back in the cockpit for the final day of testing on Sunday


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