European GP - Red Bull - Preview
Raw statistics make for pretty grim reading at Red Bull Ferrari. After the first four Grand Prix of the season the team has two points to its credit with Christian Klien and David Coulthard picking up an eighth position in Bahrain and Australia
Last time out at the San Marino Grand Prix, neither driver was able to go the race distance with Coulthard retiring his RB2 following a driveshaft failure and Klien pulling up with a hydraulics problem. An intensive test at Silverstone followed the San Marino Grand Prix, but this too was far from trouble-free with Coulthard having engine and gearbox difficulties while Klien was also suffering from transmission problems. To make matters worse, sister team Toro Rosso loaned the services of Tonio Liuzzi to the team and he had a massive off at Becketts - destroying a RB2 chassis.
Speaking after the troubled test, Christian Horner stated: “Hidden beneath the problems visible on the surface, these three days have produced some very valuable data which should see us move forward in development terms in a few races time.
The problems we experienced are all part and parcel of a development programme as we pursue more performance from the car."
The team hope – given reliability - they can challenge for points at this weekend’s European Grand Prix. Sister outfit Scuderia Toro Rosso meanwhile will be targeting a top ten position. Scott Speed has the team’s best result to date – eighth, which became ninth - following a 25 second penalty in the Australian Grand Prix.
Speed, Liuzzi and Neel Jani all tested at Silverstone last week completing a trouble-free 279 laps of the 5.141km circuit. The team tried various new aero parts on the STR1 and will be confident that they will be there to see the chequered flag at the end of the European Grand Prix.
E.A. Source Red Bull Ferrari / Toro Rosso