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Webber to get first run in new Red Bull

Mark Webber has been confirmed as the first Red Bull driver to hit the track in pre-season testing, where he will be given the job of ironing out the wrinkles in the new RB8.
Mark Webber will have the honour of taking to the track in Red Bull's new RB8 chassis, which will be launched online the day before pre-testing gets underway in Spain.

The Australian, who won just one race and trailed team-mate Sebastian Vettel in third place in last year's championship standings, will kick off RBR's 2012 title defence by taking to the Jerez de la Frontera circuit on Tuesday (7 February), and will remain behind the wheel for a second day on Wednesday. Vettel will then take over for the final two days of action at the southerly circuit.

RBR team boss Christian Horner has already said that he expects 2012 to be a much better year for Webber [see story] after he, and the rest of the field, were subjugated by Vettel's eleven race wins in 2011. Bernie Ecclestone, meanwhile, has admitted that he is hoping for more competition this season in order to prevent another Red Bull walkover [see story here].

The RBR launch will take place on the team's official website at 1pm next Monday (6 February), with pictures, video footage and interviews with key personnel, including Vettel and Webber all set to be published.



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Matt - Unregistered

January 24, 2012 3:34 AM

@ Enrico47- Just a bit of Webber history for you: Mark's sports car/Le mans career literally took off......... When his Mercedes decided it would rather fly than stick to the road. That ended his Le mans days and he was looking very promising and had a Mclaren link through Mercedes - That was suppose to be his ticket into F1. Webber came 5th in his very first GP in a Minardi !!! Qualified a Jaguar and a Williams on the front row which had no rights being there and generally could have done way more earlier in his f1 carrer if given a decent drive. Mark isn't the best driver in history but he is a damn good driver and the best overtaker in F1 today. Good stuff he is getting the first drive. More time to set the car up to his liking the better.



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