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Coulthard impressed with RB2 17 Dec 2005

David Coulthard (GBR) Red Bull Racing RB2. Racing Red Bull Copyright Free Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, 15-16 December 2005. © Red Bull Racing

Red Bull Racing’s Ferrari-powered RB2 turned a wheel for the first time on Thursday, when it completed day one of a two-day test at the UK’s Silverstone circuit.

Driven by David Coulthard, the new car completed a limited number of laps of the 5.141 kilometre track, as the team carried out a series of system checks on its new package ahead of its official launch next March.

Although the test was not the first for the Ferrari V8 engine, which has already completed a number of circuit kilometres, it was first for the Red Bull Racing-Ferrari combination, and their respective technicians worked closely together throughout the day.

“Testing the new car today was momentous, as it represents something completely new for the team,” said Coulthard. “The engine was delivered from Italy, but then everything has been built around it, and this was the moment when all the newly created parts came together. The lines of the new car look as though they’ve been inspired by the Formula Unas girls, it’s a very sexy looking thing!

“In terms of driving experience, the car performed as expected on track and I’m looking forward to putting it through its paces tomorrow and throughout next year to see what it can do. As soon as you drive a new car you have a new toy to play with, so the old one quickly becomes very uninteresting!

“Testing a new car can be frustrating at times, as you’re finding out if the new designs are able to withstand intense vibrations and heat. However, when everything works well, it’s incredibly rewarding so it will be good to get back in the car tomorrow. It must be a very proud moment for everyone in the team, as they’ve each played a part in creating something new here.”

Technical details of the RB2 are due to be released at the car’s official launch on March 9, 2006 in Bahrain. Coulthard will be at the wheel again on Friday.