Christian Horner has admitted that Red Bull is still yet to finish preparing its 2015 Formula 1 car, but insists it will be ready ahead of testing in Jerez.
After the team was soundly beaten by Mercedes in 2015, Red Bull opted to extend the development time of its 2015 car in an effort to cut the gap to its rivals, delaying the build of its new challenger.
Pre-season testing kicks off at Jerez in just four days time, but despite leaving it late, Red Bull boss Horner is confident the team will have the RB11 ready ahead of its scheduled debut on Sunday.
“The car is not ready yet,” Horner told reporters at a media event on Tuesday. “We are flat out into car build at the moment.
“This is probably the shortest production and assembly time in our ten seasons [in Formula 1].
“It is unbelievable what the factory have turned around so far. But there is still plenty to do before Sunday.”
Red Bull experienced a miserable pre-season in 2014, with the team plagued by reliability problems, but Horner is not worried of a repeat, despite the delays.
“After the first test last year, hopefully this one cannot be any worse than that,” he added. “I think we managed about four laps over four days and car would either stop on track or set on fire.
“It has been a far more positive winter compared to last year. We know where the benchmark is and what we need to achieve.
“As the team continues to evolve and grow, it has been I think the most impressive winter we have had as a team.
“That is in terms of everything coming together – in terms of the car being produced in the shortest time ever, and the design hitting all their deadlines and targets.”
Horner says the RB11 is an evolution of last year’s RB10, with the team’s development having focused principally on making up the Renault power deficit it suffered from in 2014.
“I think it [the RB11] is an evolution in many respects,” he added. “The chassis is very much an evolution, obviously there has been a lot of focus on the engine and I think with the new regulations and tokens being able to be spent through the year, you have to look strategically and what upgrades you are going to introduce into what engines.”
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