The Red Bull RB2
is the car with which the Red Bull Racing
team competed in the Formula One
season. It was driven by David Coulthard
and Christian Klien
, who had both driven for the team in its debut year, . 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.<gallery>Image:David Coulthard USA......