Doornbos A Red Bull Driver For 2006

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Red Bull Racing announced Robert Doornbos (former Minardi F1) as part of the Red Bull Racing team for 2006.

As the team’s test and reserve driver, the 24-year-old will fulfil Friday driving duties for Red Bull Racing during the 2006 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Doornbos is not new to Red Bull. In 2004 the young Dutchman drove alongside Tonio Liuzzi as part of Christian Horner’s Arden team, participating in the F3000 International Championship in a Red Bull branded car. Taking victory in Spa and finishing third overall in his debut season, Doornbos was crowned ‘Rookie of the Year’, before rounding off 2004 by fulfilling test driver duties for the Jordan Formula One team at the last three races.

After a promising season in 2005, where he performed as third driver for Jordan-Midland and as a race driver for Minardi-Cosworth (for the last eight races of the year), Robert will join Red Bull Racing for 2006.

Robert Doornbos (left) said, “I’m aiming to learn as much as possible to get to the top of the sport and I think I’m in the right place to be able to do that.”

Doornbos’s first experience in a Cosworth-powered RB1 will occur at team’s testing session at Barcelona this week, Christian Klein will drive the team’s second car. On second day, Klien and David Coulthard will drive for the team.

Following Red Bull’s purchase of Minardi earlier this year, Scott Speed will now join Red Bull’s newest team, Scuderia Toro Rosso. His exact role in the team will be confirmed in the near future.