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Red Bull at risk of missing first 2016 F1 test

Christian Horner concedes Red Bull could miss the first pre-season F1 test of 2016 if it doesn't source an engine deal in the next two weeks.
Christian Horner admits Red Bull Racing could be forced to skip the first Formula 1 test of the 2016 pre-season unless it can secure an engine deal imminently.

Red Bull remains without an engine for the 2016 season after its bitter divorce from Renault and subsequent rejections of supply from Mercedes and Ferrari, while a mooted deal with Honda is being blocked by McLaren.

Though it remains possible that Red Bull could quit the sport if it can't secure a competitive engine, even if the FIA and FOM do succeed in their attempts to force a deal through, Horner believes time is running out to get the car ready for the first test of 2016 in February.

“At the moment we're right on the limit to be at the first test. The team at Milton Keynes have demonstrated their abilities to work to massively tight deadlines and I'm sure we'd be able to meet whatever targets we need to, as we come to a decision in the next couple of weeks.

“We're working hard to find a solution and behind the scenes there is an awful lot going on to help us try and achieve that. Obviously there are certain obstacles in our way

Meanwhile, though Red Bull has been criticised for ending its Renault deal before confirming another one in its place, Horner suggests there are still no regrets.

“I think that frustration is, you have to understand all the history, the background and the circumstances and so it's always to look with hindsight and say this and say that but you know, there were things said from both sides. A lot of focus is placed on what Red Bull said but it's not a one-way street.”



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72SS1943

November 03, 2015 2:23 PM
Last Edited 37 days ago

Now we will see the cascade effect, 2 RBR cars lost along with 2 STR cars lost. This will open the way for Renault to close their Race Engine plant as they are not bound to the purchase of Lotus. That to me equals a loss of 6 cars on the grid for next year, with 2 cars to be added would make a grid of 16 cars only with only 2 factory teams with 4 level 1 cars with all the overs to use a level 2 engine with Honda still developing their engine. (Very poor planning by the FIA)

mytyresaregoingoff

November 03, 2015 9:24 AM

This is just another propaganda statement in the RBR dummy spitting saga. He still has a contract with Renault so could be ready for testing. He has tried to force everyone into giving him a top spec engine via the Bernie and the dropping out threat. Shock of Shocks the engine manufacturers are more powerful than Bernie so no engine. Hence the final solution if no one will share their toys with RBR Bernie will give them the all new race winning twin turbo. But that is the wrong shape and would need a total new design that would not be ready for testing. So this is also the first step in the RBR need permission to test independantly because everyone has been so nasty to them. I would hate to see RBR go but it is time for a change at the top.



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