Connect with us

Christian Horner

Red Bull: The camouflage livery worked very well at Jerez



Last Sunday, the RB11 made its track debut, rolling out of our garage at the Circuito de Jerez for its first laps in anger. After four long days, 166 laps, 735 kilometres and a whole lot of effort, that first pre-season test of 2015 is over.

In the wake of the test, Team Principal Christian Horner gives us his assessment of the gains in Spain…

Let’s talk first about the most visibly new aspect of the RB11 – the ‘dazzle’ livery. Are you a fan?
Definitely. The camouflage livery worked very well. It’s quite a striking design and not only did it attempt to disguise some of the shapes and innovations on RB11, it generated quite a bit of interest as well, which is great.

News travels pretty fast in F1. Is it a testament to the guys working on the build that it was all kept under wraps?
Yes, absolutely. There were so many bits of the car going around the factory in its livery and the whole factory did a great job in keeping close ranks and keeping that information from coming out. It was nice to spring a bit of a surprise.


So, we know that the livery will change for the 2015 season, any clues as to what it might look like?
Well, it won’t be camouflage. It will be an evolution for us, which is something we always try to do.

Moving on to the action on track. How would you assess the car’s performance at this first test?
It was a lot more positive than last year. Yes, we had issues but they were not major ones compared to the fundamental problems we had last year, with the car not running cleanly or overheating or simply setting itself on fire! Yes, we had a few niggling issues but this was much more of a standard pre-season test than the one we experienced 12 months ago.

No matter how the design and build process goes there are always going to be a few things to contend with at the first test aren’t there?
Yes, inevitably. RB11 is an evolution of RB10 and the biggest changes are in the power unit. Renault have been working very hard on that but there are always going to be a few things that catch you out.


Test days are long and tough. Do they ever get boring at any stage?
No. You’ve got a very finite amount of running time on the track so you try to optimize as much as you can. The guys have done an incredible job in building, designing and producing this car and then operating it. There’s no time to relax and what with the power unit change they had to do during the week, as well as the other things they had to deal with, they did an incredible job to stay on top of it.

Can you read that much into the times or the mileage done?
It’s very difficult to read too much into it. Kimi Raikkonen was the quickest guy at the first test last year and that didn’t follow through to the rest of the season, so there’s not much point in looking at headline times. We tend to not pay too much attention to what the opposition are doing and we very much just focus on ourselves.

It was Dany’s first run with the team. Good to see him get some laps under his belt?
Yes, it was super. He’s really settled in well. Had an unfortunate little off on his first day in the car and a shortage of parts meant he wasn’t able to get a proper run. But on his second day he managed to rack up a respectable amount of laps and offered very good feedback, consistent with the other Daniel’s and all in all it was very positive.

All eyes on Barcelona now. What are the main aims?
To build in what we learned in Jerez, address some of the issues and continue to develop the car as we move towards Melbourne.

Red Bull Racing


Latest Results

Latest F1 News

2018 F11 day ago

Ferrari to reveal 2019 car on February 15

Ferrari will reveal its 2019 challenger on February 15, team boss Maurizio Arrivabene said on Thursday. The Italian attended an...

2018 F12 days ago

F1 teams worried about Brexit crisis

F1 teams admit they are worried about the Brexit crisis that is occurring in Britain. After British people voted in...

2018 F12 days ago

‘I have mixed feelings’ about Kubica return – Vettel

Sebastian Vettel says he has “mixed feelings” about Robert Kubica’s return to formula one. Former grand prix winner Kubica, now...

2018 F12 days ago

Monza seeking EUR 100m for upgrade

Monza is looking for EUR 100 million to upgrade the Italian grand prix venue and secure a new grand prix...

2018 F13 days ago

Sirotkin to test DTM, Hartley to Porsche

Sergey Sirotkin could keep his motor racing career alive in the German touring car series DTM. SMP Racing, his Russian...

2018 F13 days ago

McLaren not ‘copying’ Red Bull car – Sainz

Carlos Sainz has played down claims McLaren is ‘copying’ Red Bull’s chassis concept for 2019. With Red Bull moving to...

2018 F13 days ago

Barcelona hopes for new F1 contract

Organisers of the Spanish grand prix are still not sure they will reach a new agreement with Liberty Media. Vicenc...

2018 F14 days ago

Berger sees F1 chance for nephew Auer

is hoping his nephew may have a future in formula one. One the one hand, the F1 legend said he...

2018 F14 days ago

Hamilton teammate Bottas ‘is not there’ – Verstappen

Max Verstappen has admitted he will try to emulate Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes’ approach to winning the world championship. The...

2018 F14 days ago

Mexico GP future in doubt

A cloud has moved above the future of the highly popular Mexican grand prix. The rejuvenated race at the iconic...

Most Popular is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media