Productive day for Red Bull with new chassis

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F1 Test, Barcelona, Circuit de Catalunyaes

Red Bull Racing returned to action today at the Circuit de Catalunya, with Mark Webber topping the timesheets on day one of the final pre-season test, as the team enjoyed a largely trouble-free outing at the Barcelona track.

“It was a pretty good day and not much has changed since last week,” Webber said. “We got some good laps in today. I think everybody is limited by tyres – we don't have unlimited sets of tyres these days, so the mileage is a bit controlled by how many you have at your disposal. But, all in all, we had a good afternoon and got some good information.”

Head of Race Engineering, Ian Morgan, said “Today was the first proper test for Chassis 02 and I’m happy to say everything went according to plan. We had a mixture of things to get through today, concentrating on some short runs in the morning and then longer race-distance type runs in the afternoon.”

“The only difficulties we encountered were the slightly low ambient temperatures and some windy conditions,” he added. “It would be nice to get the chance to test in hotter conditions and we hope for a bit of increase as the week goes on. But that was a small problem really on a pretty useful day for us.” Sebastian Vettel will take over test duties tomorrow, as the team continues its preparations for the season-opening race in Melbourne on 27 March 2011.