Red Bull still to pass crash test
Just a few days before the start of tests for the Formula 1 new season, Red Bull’s new model RB11 is still not ready, confirmed team boss Christian Horner. According to latest information, new Red Bull which is designed by Adrian Newey did not even pass mandatory FIA crash tests.
Previously, crash tests were required to be done before the start of the racing season, but the FIA tightened its rules and now requires that they must be done before the start of tests. Reportedly, Red Bull is pushing the time limits not due to a problem with chassis but simply want to give engineers and designers enough time to develop RB11.
New Red Bull should have been presented on Sunday at the track in Jerez, but before that has to pass the FIA crash test at Cranfield Impact Centre, leaving to the technical staff of the team only two days for any repairs and improvements. Although aware of the somewhat unfortunate situation, the team is not overly concerned:
„This is the probably shortest production and assembly time in our ten seasons. It is unbelievable what turned around so far“, said Horner.
While the Red Bull Team still with a small dose of nervousness awaiting the first outing on the track, other teams are eagerly waiting for the promotion of new cars. The first will be presented Honda powered McLaren MP4-30, and after that Ferrari and Sauber.
Day before the first test in Jerez, Toro Rosso will reveal their STR 10, and on Sunday, the day of the first test, we will see new cars prepared by Mercedes, Williams, Lotus and, hopefully, Red Bull.
What is also certain is that the Force India will miss test in Jerez, while the winter plans of the ailing backmarkers Caterham and Manor are yet not known.