Jerez Test Day 1: Red Bull Racing report

Mark Webber drives the new Red Bull RB6

Feb.10 (YF1) Following its unveiling in the pit lane at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit this morning, the RB6 completed its first day of testing today with Mark Webber at the wheel.

Despite continuous rain from around 10am, the team made good progress in the morning as we began working through the new car system checks.

However, an oil leak before lunch led to a precautionary engine change for the RB6 in the afternoon. Webber complete 50 laps.

“It was great to finally see the car in action after a long winter with no testing,” said Ian Morgan, Head of Race Engineering. “Everything ran very smoothly this morning and the build of the car was very structured.

“It’s frustrating that a problem with a simple component late morning forced an engine change later in the day, as it cost us quite a lot of time. However, the most disappointing thing today was the weather – it’s good to have a test in the wet, but it’s not ideal when it’s your first.

“We’re hoping for better conditions tomorrow when we will continue working through the new car system checks.”

Day 1 best lap times:

P Driver Team Times Difference Laps
1 N. Rosberg Mercedes 1.20.927 57
2 S.Buemi Toro Rosso 1.21.031 +0.104 84
3 N. Hülkenberg Williams 1:22.243 +1.316 118
4 F. Alonso Ferrari 1:22.895 +1.968 88
5 K. Kobayashi Sauber 1:23.287 +2.360 55
6 J.Button McLaren 1.24.947 +4.020 68
7 V. Liuzzi Force India 1:24.968 +4.041 71
8 V. Petrov Renault 1:25.440 +4.513 27
9 M. Webber Red Bull 1:26.502 +5.575 50
10 T.Glock Virgin 1.38.734 +17.807 5