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Renault-powered RB3 to debut next month 08 Dec 2006

Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB2 Formula One Testing, Day 2, Jerez, Spain. 7 December 2006. World © Bumstead/Sutton.

Red Bull will not test with a Renault-powered car until the debut of their 2007 car, team principal Christian Horner has revealed. The Adrian Newey-designed RB3 will make its first track appearance in the second half of January.

Red Bull enjoyed only limited success in 2006 with the Ferrari-engined RB2, but having spent the latter part of the season concentrating their efforts on the RB3, Horner is expecting the team to make solid progress in 2007.

“I am sure that RB3 will be a significant step forward from RB2,” Horner told Formula1.com. “The car will be finished and running at the circuit in the second half of January. The Renault engine will run for the first time in the back of an RB3. We will continue to use Ferrari engines until the end of this year.

“We are excited about our new engine partnership with Renault and feel confident in our driver line-up. However, there are some formidable opponents and it is important to keep expectations within perspective.”

As Red Bull switch from Ferrari to Renault power, sister team Toro Rosso are preparing for their first season using Ferrari engines. The Italian squad, who ran Cosworth V10s in 2006, will debut their new car in late January.