Red Bull also oppose Schumacher test
3 August, 2009
Red Bull Racing has joined Williams in opposing Ferrari’s attempts to clear a test in the 2009 car for Formula 1 returnee Michael Schumacher. With Ferrari needing an unanimous agreement to go against the strict in-season testing ban, the British team Williams on Monday said it would not consent to Schumacher trialling the F60 prior to the German substituting for the injured Felipe Massa at the European grand prix later this month.
According to the news agency Reuters, Red Bull boss Christian Horner (right) sees it the same way – even though it was earlier believed all FOTA team members, including McLaren and Toyota, were happy to see the Schumacher test happen.
Like Williams, Horner related the Schumacher situation to the fact that Jaime Alguersuari made his grand prix debut for Red Bull’s second team Toro Rosso in Hungary last month without ever having turned a corner in a F1 car.
“I am sure that Michael Schumacher who is a seven times world champion and has won 91 races won’t have a problem getting up to speed,” he said. “Also Michael has driven a two-year-old Ferrari last week in Mugello so I have no doubt that he will be on the pace quickly,” added Horner.