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2015-01-29 12:50

'NOT READY YET': Red Bull’s Christian Horner belives his team has plenty to do before the 2015 test at Jerez, Spain.Image: AFP

LONDON, England - Red Bull is reportedly pushing the boundaries with its readiness for the 2015 season.

Team boss Christian Horner has already admitted that, in the last few days before the 2015 season test at Jerez, Spain (Jan 30 – Feb 2), its 2015-spec RB11 car is "not yet" ready.

Horner said: "There is still plenty to do before Sunday."


Italy's Omnicorse claims this the most recent Adrian Newey-designed Red Bull may not have passed the International Automobile Federations's mandatory crash tests. In the not-too-distant past, crash tests only needed to be cleared ahead of a car's actual GP debut but now they are necessary even for testing.

It's believed Red Bull is pushing the limits with a 2015 crash testing not due to a problem with the chassis but simply to give designers and engineers every possible minute to design and develop the RB11.

Horner said: "Mercedes for sure is the benchmark. The team will start the season as 2014 champion and favourites for this year and they had a significant advantage at the end of 2014."


Omnicorse said Red Bull, about to unveil its car during the first test at Jerez on Sunday (Feb 1), will try to pass the federation tests at the Cranfield Impact Centre today (Jan 29), leaving just two clear days until the RB11's Jerez laps.

A team spokesman was confident Red Bull would be read and Horner added: "This is probably the shortest production and assembly time in our 10 seasons - it is unbelievable what the factory has turned around so far."


On Thursday (Jan 29), McLaren was to launch its Honda-powered MP4-30 online, followed a day later by Ferrari and Sauber.

Toro Rosso will then launch its STR10 at Jerez on Saturday (Jan 31), while Williams, Mercedes, Red Bull and Lotus plan to reveal cars at the Spanish circuit.

Force India is skipping Jerez; and the winter plans of the ailing backmarkers Caterham and Manor are not known.

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