Red Bull RB2

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Red Bull RB2
Red Bull Racing F1 2006 EMS.jpg
Category Formula One
Constructor Red Bull
Designer(s) Mark Smith
Rob Taylor
Predecessor RB1
Successor RB3
Technical specifications
Chassis carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite structure
Suspension (front) aluminium uprights, upper and lower carbon wishbones with pushrods, torsion bar springs and anti-roll bars
Suspension (rear) aluminium uprights, upper and lower carbon wishbones with pushrods, torsion bar springs and anti-roll bars
Engine Ferrari 056 90-degree V8
Transmission Red Bull seven-speed longitudinal
Fuel Castrol
Tyres Michelin
Competition history
Notable entrants Red Bull Racing
Notable drivers 14. United Kingdom David Coulthard
15. Austria Christian Klien
Netherlands Robert Doornbos
Debut 2006 Bahrain Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles Fastest laps
18 0 0 0
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

The Red Bull RB2 is the car with which the Red Bull Racing team competed in the 2006 Formula One season. It was driven by David Coulthard and Christian Klien, who had both driven for the team in its debut year, 2005. However, Klien was replaced after the Italian GP by third driver Robert Doornbos after the Austrian refused the team's offer of a ChampCar seat for 2007 once it became apparent that he was going to be replaced by Mark Webber for the next season.

The year was treated as a consolidation season and proved to be a traditionally tough second year for a new team. The new Ferrari engines caused cooling problems pre-season which saw testing time limited, and for the most part the team were bogged down in the midfield. This situation was exacerbated by RBR abandoning development on the RB2 during the season to let new Chief Designer Adrian Newey concentrate on 2007's challenger.

The RB2's livery was similar to that of the preceding RB1.

However, there were still highlights in a largely depressing season. Foremost among these was Coulthard scoring the team's first podium at Monaco. As this coincided with a one-race deal to promote the new Superman film, the veteran driver wore a red cape on the podium, and Team Principal Christian Horner later honoured a pre-race promise of jumping into the team's pool wearing nothing but one of the capes.

The team eventually finished seventh in the Constructors' Championship, with 16 points.


Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Points WCC
2006 Red Bull Ferrari V8 M BHR MAL AUS SMR EUR ESP MON GBR CAN USA FRA GER HUN TUR ITA CHN JPN BRA 16 7th
David Coulthard 10 Ret 8 Ret Ret 14 3 12 8 7 9 11 5 15 12 9 Ret Ret
Christian Klien 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret 13 Ret 14 11 Ret 12 8 Ret 11 11
Robert Doornbos TD TD TD TD TD TD TD TD TD TD TD TD TD TD TD 12 13 12

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