While most teams were wrapping up their 2005 testing at Jerez, Red Bull Racing surprised everyone by running their new car in the last few days before Christmas.
The Red Bull Racing RB2 © XPB/LAT (click image to enlarge)
As the first full 2006 car to run, the RB2 picked up on most of the key design changes adopted by most teams. The curved sidepods and chimney cooling arrangement, supplemented by a "V" keel, suggested the team were losing their conservative design focus from the jaguar days and being more adventurous.
Installed in the back of the car was the new Ferrari V8, which - along with the revised chassis and aerodynamics - suggested Red Bull were on the rise.
Jaguar Racing never quite threatened to lead the midfield pack of team, and Red Bull's acquisition of the team in late 2004 did not, at first, suggest the team's position would improve. Moreover, the RB1 did not promise much, as the car appeared to be a lightly updated Jaguar R5.