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Renault confirm R29 crash test failure.

Renault has confirmed reports that its new Formula 1 car has failed the FIA's mandatory pre-season crash test – but insists testing will proceed as planned.

The R29 failed two of the governing body's tests at its first attempt, it has been revealed, with suggestions that an entire chassis was written off in the process. The car's scheduled launch and testing debut in Portugal in just over a week's time have not been affected.

“We have identified the problem and solved it,” a spokeswoman for the French outfit said. “We will be able to run the car as planned in Portugal.”

With former double world champion Fernando Alonso as lead driver, Renault has been tipped by some to join Ferrari, McLaren-Mercedes and BMW-Sauber in the F1 title fight this year.


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brendan - Unregistered

January 11, 2009 2:56 PM

what has MCLAREN (lewis, Pedro and fernando were just using info given to them-thats their job) having ferraris info got to do with this rob? nothing as always. let the petty gripe go. renault will get on top of this like they did when the same thing happened in 05, good luck with the testing in portugal.



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