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Red Bull: 2015 car 'not ready yet'

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Red Bull boss Christian Horner says the team the team has not finished building its 2015 car but insists it will be ready in time for the start of testing on Sunday.

The delay in build follows a decision to maximise development time on the car as the team bids to cut the gap to Mercedes this year. It leaves Red Bull just four days to complete the build before start of the Jerez test and although Horner admits it is cutting it fine he has faith the team can get the job done.

"The car is not ready yet," Horner said at a media event in Milton Keynes on Tuesday. "The car is flat out into car build at the moment, so it is probably the shortest production and assembly in ten seasons. It is unbelievable what the factory has turned around so far, but there is plenty to do before Sunday."

Red Bull and Renault had a disastrous pre-season last year but Horner is encouraged by the direction the team is going this time around.

"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 as a team. That is in terms of everything coming together - in terms of the car being produced in the shortest time ever, and the design hitting all their deadlines and targets."

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