Changeover Problems Limit Red Bull Mileage


Red Bull‘s mileage on day two of the Valencia test was split between its two race drivers today with Sebastian Vettel in the car this morning and Mark Webber making his first appearance in the RB7 for a brief period this afternoon.

The team completed further system checks and focused on some aerodynamic development work.

Vettel finished the day second fastest, completing 43 laps, but Webber had limited running, managing only 17 laps and finishing the day only fourteenth fastest.

“Sebastian pretty much ran to schedule this morning; there were a few minor delays, but nothing significant,” explained Head of Race Engineering Ian Morgan. “Unfortunately we lost some time changing drivers this afternoon due to some driver installation issues. Once Mark's testing session got underway, he was able to complete two runs and begin acclimatising to the new car.”

Webber sounded a bit disappointed not to get a full afternoon of testing in, but is looking forward to returning to the car tomorrow for the final day of this Valencia test. “I didn't get so long in the car today, so we will start the real work tomorrow,” said the Aussie. “There was a bit of a problem with the installation, something with the pedals, so it took a bit longer than we expected. It wasn't the smoothest day, but we're back tomorrow – it's great that the guys have got the car here for the first test and I'm looking forward to driving it more.”