Red Bull will not run two design teams
8 February 2013 – Red Bull will not be splitting its design teams for the 2013 and 2014 Formula 1 campaigns, Team Principal Christian Horner has confirmed. With the V8 engine era ending in favour of turbocharged V6 units, the pressure is on to end development for the current season at a suitable time to ensure competitiveness next year.
Unlike Ferrari, which has partitioned its efforts in a bid to optimise the transition phase in the sport's regulations, Horner says his team will be 'juggling both developments' because it does not hold the resources required to mirror its rivals.
"No, we don’t have that big amount of resource," Horner told the official Formula 1 website when asked if two design teams are an option for the outfit. "It is a matter of balancing your resource between 2013 and the challenge of 2014 - which is a significantly different car with a big regulation change. That is one of the major challenges of this season - to juggle both developments."
Reflecting on the opening three days of pre-season testing at Jerez, Horner reports that 'an encouraging start' has been made with the evolutionary RB9 chassis.
"The feeling of the car is pretty much the same as its predecessor - just more refined," he explained. "But overall it was an encouraging start of the life of the RB9."
Vettel is completing the final day of the Jerez pre-season gathering for Red Bull.