Red Bull will not test 2009 car at Valencia

Red Bull is set to miss the opening group test of the 2010 pre-season. It is already known that the team's new car, the RB6, will not be launched until the beginning of the second test at Jerez. But it had been thought that Red Bull might...

Red Bull is set to miss the opening group test of the 2010 pre-season.

It is already known that the team's new car, the RB6, will not be launched until the beginning of the second test at Jerez.

But it had been thought that Red Bull might start testing at Valencia next Monday with last year's Renault-powered RB5.

"Because of the limitation of tyres, we will not use them on the RB5 (at Valencia)," team boss Christian Horner is quoted as saying by France's Auto Hebdo.

"We prefer to keep the tyres for the three (remaining) tests in order to work with the best possible conditions," the Briton added.

After Valencia, three more February group tests are scheduled at Jerez, Jerez (again) and Barcelona prior to the Bahrain season opener in mid March.

Red Bull's sister team Toro Rosso will be in Valencia with its 2010 car, as will Mercedes, Ferrari, McLaren, Renault, Sauber and Williams.

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Series Formula 1
Teams Ferrari , Mercedes , Sauber , McLaren , Toro Rosso , Williams