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Dietrich Mateschitz 

Dietrich Mateschitz and Gerhard Berger have confirmed that the Torro Rosso team is for sale.

They will not be selling it during the current 2008 season, but they want to find a buyer by the end of the 2009 season.

Mateschitz said he cannot continue running the Torro Rosso team beyond 2009 because new rules mean from the 2010 season customer engines will not be allowed.

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Sebastian Buemi 

Red Bull Racing has announced that it has appointed Sebastien Buemi as the team’s test and reserve driver for 2008. The 19-year-old Swiss driver will also be racing in GP2 with Christian Horner’s Arden International team. Buemi raced in the Formula 3 Eurocup last year, finishing runner-up to Roman Grosjean (now the Renault F1 test driver) and did a number of GP2 races after Michael Ammermuller ran into injury problems.

“This appointment is a big step forward for me,” said Buemi. “I am delighted and thank Red Bull, which has supported me in the lower formulas since 2005. I will do my best to concentrate on combining my GP2 racing commitment with my duties for Red Bull Racing and I am looking forward to the year ahead.”

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Coulthard Tests The New Red Bull RB4

David Coulthard was entrusted with taking the car for its first shakedown lap on a damp track.
“It’s great to see a new car come together,” said the Scot.
“Inevitably, a lot of parts were still arriving last night, so when I left for my bed it looked a bit bare, but this morning, there it was in all its glory!
“It looks super with lots of nice detail on it and given that it did its installation lap and came back to the garage, so far we have achieved all our targets!
“Now we have to build from there.”

Team boss Christian Horner, anxiously watching from the pit wall, was equally excited to see the new car make a hitch-free debut appearance.
“It’s always a key moment to see a new car run for the first time,” he said.
“And particularly in the case of RB4, that first lap represents a monumental amount of work from the entire workforce.
“Over the last few weeks, all the departments have made fantastic efforts to get the car ready for this shakedown today.”

RBR is entering its fourth season of F1 competition and is looking to build on the tangible signs of progress it showed in the second half of last season.
The team had a poor reliability record last season, suffering numerous race-ending gearbox and hydraulics problems, and Horner has made improving this a key priority.
“We learnt many lessons during 2007 and obviously reliability is a key topic that the design and development groups are fully focused on,” he said before Christmas.
“In 2007 we gave away approximately 24 points as a result of poor reliability, without which we would have been much closer to Renault and ahead of Williams.
“This is therefore one of our key focuses for 2008.”

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The New RB4

Red Bull Racing unveiled its new 2008 RB4 car at Jerez this morning
The new car is Adrian Newey’s second design since joining the team mid-way through the 2006 season.
The 2007 car proved fast but also fragile with the hydraulic systems in particular causing a number of retirements.
This is something the team hope to have overcome with its latest challenger.
“Reliability is very important but we need a fast car too,” Coulthard said recently at the Autosport International show in Birmingham.
“McLaren and Ferrari are likely to be closest to maximising what can be gotten out of the car from the current regulations
and we have to get as close to that as possible. We have a great team of people on our side though.
David Coulthard then took to the test track to test the new RB4
For Webber, testing the older RB3 chassis today, reliability is also the buzzword. 
“It’s is all about continuity for us, we are keeping the same drivers, engineering staff and engine and this will definitely help us come Sunday afternoon.
It’s a totally new car but that is the same for everyone. We need to build on our improvements at the end of last season.
“This year gearboxes have to last for four races, which brings another element of reliability to contention.
It’s hard to see drivers penalised for an issue like that, and hopefully it won’t happen to us but if it does, let’s hope it’s at a circuit where we can overtake…”

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