Formula 1 14 Feb 2007 09:40 am

Red Bull not catching up – F1 testing update: 13 Feb 07

Red Bull Racing is still more than one per cent slower than Renault (same engines) and McLaren in pre-season testing. I’ve updated my analysis table, here (click on the thumbnail to see the table):

Testing times

Once again, RBR covered significantly fewer laps than the comparator teams I’ve selected (McLaren and Renault). Once again, they are slower than both comparator teams (although everyone went faster on Tuesday than on Monday – probably products of ‘rubbering in’ of the track and tuning of the cars).

Compared to the overall group of teams participating in the test, the picture is just as grim. RBR recorded the 15th (Webber) and 16th (Coulthard) times. 18 cars tested – one each from Spyker and Super Aguri were slower than RBR. RBR’s ‘sister’ team Scuderia Toro Rosso begins testing tomorrow – using Ferrari engines in basically the same chassis as RBR (and therein lies a controversy – visit your favourite F1 site for details). It will be very interesting to see how they fare by comparison.

I have a bad feeling about this…

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