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Productive day for Red Bull despite engine woes

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Mark Webber was in the RB6 on the final day in Jerez as Red Bull concentrated on a series of long runs to evaluate three different Bridgestone tyre compounds.

An engine failure late morning cost the team two and half hours while a replacement was fitted, but Webber was back out on track in the afternoon. In all, the team managed to complete four long runs today.

Webber was pleased with the fine weather in Jerez, and said the team had learned a lot today about their new car today. “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.”

Head of Race Engineering Ian Morgan summed up this latest four day test in Jerez. “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.”

Red Bull will resume testing in Barcelona next week, concentrating on the final preparations for the opening grand prix in Bahrain on 14th March.

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