New RB11 has shortest production lead time in F1 team’s history.
Red Bull chief Christian Horner has admitted that his team’s new Formula One challenger, the RB11, has been built in a frantic rush to make it to this weekend’s first official test of the year at Jerez in Spain.
Horner, whose team won three grands prix in 2014 with Daniel Ricciardo, believes they have worked wonders to be in with a chance of running the car in Spain this weekend.
“It is probably the shortest production and assembly time of the cars we’ve had in our previous ten season so it’s unbelievable what the factory have turned around so far,” he said. “I think it’s the most impressive winter we’ve had as a team.
“Hopefully this test can’t be any worse than last year,” he quipped, alluding to disastrous sessions at the first test last year.
“I think we managed about four laps over four days and the car either stopped on track or set on fire, so hopefully we’ve made progress on that. It’s been a far more positive winter compared to last year and we know where the benchmark is and what we need to achieve.”
The first test kicks off on Sunday, and new signing Daniil Kvyat will get his first taste of the big time after taking four-time champion Sebastian Vettel’s seat.