Webber to give new Red Bull its track debut

Australian F1 star Mark Webber

Australian F1 star Mark Webber

Australian Mark Webber will be the first driver to sample Red Bull Racing’s new RB8.

The champion team has confirmed that Webber will debut the car at Jerez’s pre-season testing on February 7.

Reigning Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel will wait until February 9 to get his first taste of the 2012 machine.

All F1 teams are granted four days testing, with Red Bull splitting its testing duties evenly between Webber and Vettel (two days each).

Red Bull Racing will be gunning for a hat-trick of drivers and constructors crowns. While Vettel will be attempting to win three world titles in a row, Webber will be hoping to turn around his disappointing 2011 season.

Red Bull announced last week that it would reveal the new RB8 on its website on February 6.

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