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Red Bull RB6 Shows Pace in Barcelona

by F1Fan on February 25, 2010

Mark Webber in the Red Bull Racing RB6 really showed off the pace of the new car today. Easily setting the fastest lap by almost a second over Nico Hulkenberg in the Williams FW32.

A good start for Red Bull as the fourth and final pre season test started today at the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona site of this years Spanish Grand Prix. The weather was much improved from last week, no rain today and dry bright conditions, while the circuit was still, relatively green it should quickly rubber in if the weather continues to stay dry as predicted.

Barcelona Final Pre Season Test - Day 1 of 4

PositionTeamDriver# LapsBest Lap
1Red Bull RacingMark Webber1091:21.487
2WilliamsNico Hulkenberg821:22.407
3Mercedes GPNico Rosberg1071:22.514
4BMW Sauber F1Pedro De la Rosa731:23.144
5McLarenJenson Button1011:23.452
6Force IndiaTonio Liuzzi651:24.064
7FerrariFernando Alonso741:24.170
8RenaultVitaly Petrov741:24.173
9Toro RossoJamie Alguersuari1111:24.869
10Virgin RacingLucas Di Grassi311:27.057
12Lotus RacingFairuz Fauzy761:28.002
February 25, 2010

Webber was pretty happy with the performance of the Red Bull RB6 today apart from a small problem half way through their race simulation:

“We had a pretty good day of testing. We did some simulations and performance items in the morning and a race simulation in the afternoon. We had a precautionary stop in the middle of the race simulation because of a gearbox oil alarm, but the guys got the car turned around pretty quickly and we finished the session, so it wasn’t too bad.”

Most teams managed to complete a good number of laps the exception again being Virgin Racing, and while they were not the slowest of the day Lucas Di Grassi only managed 31 laps before spinning and sending the car into the barrier at turn 9 damaging the suspension and wings of the VR-01, prematurely ending the days test.

Slowest driver of the day was Lotus Racing reserve driver Fairuz Fauzy over 6.5 seconds of the pace of Mark Webber, and while a red flag at the end of the session may have prevented Fauzy posting a faster time he acknowledge that the team still has work to do to become competitive:

“For sure we are still lacking in downforce compared to the top teams, but the team at home is still improving the aero – so you need to be realistic,”

“There was a big chunk of time I found from 1m30s to 1m28s, and another two seconds is definitely possible. It is a shame really with that red flag at the end, because I could have got in the 1m27s bracket.”

It will be interesting to see if Red Bull continues to set the pace tomorrow, one thing is for sure Virgin Racing are going to be busy tonight trying to get the car repaired in time for tomorrows test session.

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