Webber will be first to drive Red Bull RB8

Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing with James Allen (GBR) Journalist (Left). Formula One World Championship, Rd 19, Brazilian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday 26 November 2011.

Mark Webber

Jan.4 (GMM) Mark Webber will be the first at the wheel of the eagerly awaited, Adrian Newey penned, Red Bull RB8 – the world champion team’s 2012 Formula 1 challenger.

While Mercedes does not intend to get its new single seater up and running until the second winter test, most top teams will roll out their 2012 contenders at Jerez.

When that Spanish test gets running on 7 February, it will be world champion Sebastian Vettel’s Australian teammate – 35-year-old Webber – at the controls, Auto Motor und Sport reports.

The German magazine says Vettel will then take over for the last days of the test.