RB7 runs reliably and fast on first test

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F1 Test, Valencia, Valencia, Ricardo Tormoes

Following its launch this morning at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia, Red Bull Racing’s RB7 completed 93 laps today, on its first day of testing. The team used the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the car and it was the first chance the team had had to use the Pirelli tyres since the Abu Dhabi test at the end of the 2010 season.

Head of Race Engineering, Ian Morgan said: “We had a very good shakedown with the RB7 today and completed everything we aimed to on day one. It’s an encouraging start to what we hope will be a successful season for the RB7.”

Sebastian Vettel said: “It was good today and I felt comfortable in the car, I enjoyed it. It was day one for most of us and there’s a long way to go with testing ahead of the season and a very long racing season after that – with 20 races – so things can change! We’ve only made the first step today, but we had a reliable day and can be very proud of what we have achieved so far.”