It's getting to that time of year when the world's Beautiful People start working on their tans. But Red Bull Racing's Beautiful Test Team are still working on their lap times, this time at Monza, near Milan. The programme hit a hiccough...
It's getting to that time of year when the world's Beautiful People start working on their tans. But Red Bull Racing's Beautiful Test Team are still working on their lap times, this time at Monza, near Milan.
The programme hit a hiccough yesterday as Robert Doornbos ate something that disagreed with his metabolism and after a handful of laps the Dutchman had to throw up and throw in the towel.
The team continued running just with David Coulthard until Scuderia Toro Rosso's Tonio Liuzzi arrived in late afternoon to stand in for the poorly Robert.
The programme was pretty much the same over the two days: given the peculiarities of both the Montreal and Indianapolis tracks with their long fast sections, the team evaluated low drag configuration front and rear wings and various other aerodynamic tweaks, which had produced encouraging data in the wind tunnel.
"Although it is hard to quantify the results of aerodynamic changes, the results seemed good," said Chief Test Engineer, Ian Morgan. "Although we lost time with one car on the first day, when Robert was unwell, this was a useful test. We also worked on tyre choice for Indianapolis and looked at weight distribution as well as trying other chassis modifications."
Cars: RB2-01 (Coulthard) and RB2-04 (Doornbos, Liuzzi)
David Coulthard (77 laps, 1:24.806)
Robert Doornbos (14 laps, 1:26.806)
Tonio Liuzzi (15 laps, 1:27.594)
David Coulthard (80 laps, 1:24.423)
Robert Doornbos (70 laps, 1:25.080)