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Hit and miss shakedown for new Red Bull 09 Feb 2009

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB5 Red Bull Racing F1 Team launch the RB5, 9 February 2009, Jerez, Spain. Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull racing RB5 Red Bull Racing F1 Team launch the RB5, 9 February 2009, Jerez, Spain. Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB5 stops on the circuit. Red Bull Racing F1 Team launch the RB5, 9 February 2009, Jerez, Spain.

Sebastian Vettel was at the wheel of Red Bull’s 2009 challenger at the Spanish circuit of Jerez on Monday as the RB5 was given its first-ever run. Following its official launch in the morning, Vettel covered 14 laps in the new car before gearbox concerns brought the day’s shakedown to a premature end in the early afternoon.

“Following a successful shakedown, we stopped the car as a precautionary measure because the gearbox oil temperature was beginning to rise,” team principal Christian Horner told Red Bull's official website.

And despite his limited running in the RB5, Vettel was pleased with his time in the new car, even though he admitted it was too soon to comment on the car’s prospects.

“The guys did a fantastic job to get the car here and ready for this first run,” said the German. “I was happy to be driving again, but don’t ask me to comment on the feel of the car as it’s far too early for that.

"With the shakedown out of the way, we can get down to developing the car starting tomorrow and over the next few days. Stopping early today was the right decision, as you really need to understand exactly what causes any problem on a brand new car.”

Red Bull ran with their KERS system fitted to the car, but it was not operational. The aim was instead to assess its impact on other elements of the RB5 package, such as weight distribution, and to study the effects on the system of vibrations and other forces.

Vettel will be back in the RB5’s cockpit on Tuesday, as Red Bull are joined by several other teams who will be testing in Jerez over the next four days.