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Red Bull confident of cooling solution 06 Feb 2006

The sidepods of the Red Bull Racing RB2 car showing the holes cut to aid cooling. Formula One Testing, Barcelona, Spain, 23-27 January 2006. World ©  Capilitan/Sutton

Red Bull Racing believe they are getting to grips with the engine cooling problems that have blighted early tests with the RB2.

Ever since its first outing in December, the Ferrari-powered machine has struggled to disperse the heat generated by its new V8, forcing the team to restrict the car to a limited number of laps at a time.

However, the team are confident that a new aero kit will solve the difficulties. Elements of this are due to be tested at Valencia in Spain later this month, ahead of the full package’s race debut at the season-opener in Bahrain in March.

“We’re still working hard on detailing all of the issues that led to the cooling deficit and there is still some work to do," Red Bull technical director Mark Smith told the team’s official website. “But the timescale means we had to move on applying a solution and our analysis indicates we have solved the problem.”

Smith said that he was unconcerned about the lack of long-distance running achieved by the team in light of the cooling problems, insisting that the testing done on the RB2’s engine by Ferrari was sufficient.

“Ferrari have been running the same engine in interim form pre-Christmas and in interim and 2006 form in the new year, so they have a good mileage on the engine and a good understanding of its durability,” he added.

Red Bull commence a two-day test at Silverstone on Tuesday, before moving to Valencia next week. The team hope to have three RB2 chassis ready in time for the following week’s session at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya.