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Long runs at last for new Red Bull 08 Feb 2006

Robert Doornbos (NDL) Red Bull Racing test driver. Formula One Testing, Barcelona, Spain, 23-27 January 2006. World ©  Capilitan/Sutton

Red Bull began a two-day test at Silverstone on Tuesday, with third driver Robert Doornbos at the wheel of the RB2. Attention was focussed on modifications the team have put in place to solve the 2006 car’s much-publicised engine-cooling problems.

Those modifications appear to have worked as they allowed the team to complete their first long runs with the car. In a mixture of damp and wet conditions, Doornbos ran a total of 85 laps, with a best time of 1m 25.600s.

"Apart from that, we continued work with an on-going brake development programme and some general set-up work, as Robert has not yet had much time in the car," explained chief test engineer, Ian Morgan. "We also put in some useful pit-stop practice at the end of the day."

Christian Klien will take over from Doornbos on Wednesday.