Red Bull Racing is yet to complete its new Formula One car before the opening pre-season test on Sunday, team boss Christian Horner has revealed.

The Milton Keynes-based outfit maximised development time on the new RB11 in hope to cut the gap to the World Champion team Mercedes, so the RB11 is still being put together at the factory just five days before track testing begins in Jerez.

“The car is flat out into car build at the moment,” explained Horner. “It’s probably the shortest production and assembly time in our previous 10 seasons. It’s unbelievable what the factory has turned around so far, but there’s still plenty of work to do before Sunday.”

Horner is confident, however, that Red Bull will be present at Jerez, despite the rush and he hopes the team enjoys a much smoother pre-season than last year.

“After the first test last year, hopefully this one cannot be any worse than that. 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,” he added.

The first pre-season test at Jerez takes place from February 1-4.

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