Red Bull happy with new car shakedown
16 January 2008 – David Coulthard was at the wheel of Red Bull Racing's challenger for the 2008 season, the RB4, giving the new car its first ever run at the Jerez circuit today. The team described the day as successful, given that Coulthard completed a total of 54 laps, putting in some long runs in dry conditions this afternoon, having completed a couple of installation laps on a damp track in the morning.
"Today was all about giving the new car a good shakedown and getting some miles on it," said Adrian Newey. "Now we hope to settle down to proper performance testing, starting in Valencia next week. The car's potential? Far too early to say!"
Geoff Willis added, "This was an encouraging start with quite a few laps completed for what was a shakedown day. We went through most of the systems and completed much of what we needed to do prior to performance testing. We were able to look at several elements, such as the cooling system and various other data, with everything working reasonably well. We now have a few days to get more parts ready for some tough testing in Valencia next week."