Red Bull Racing team boss Christian Horner says the team will be out on track testing on Friday. He confirmed their participation after doubts were cast after Pierre Gasly heavily crashed the RB15 late on Thursday.
With Pierre Gasly crashing the Red Bull heavily around 3.30pm on Thursday, there were some doubts as to whether the team would have the resources and parts available to rebuild the car entirely for Friday morning.
With Max Verstappen due to take over the car, Christian Horner confirmed that the team will be able to take part as planned: “Pierre’s pre-season test comes to an end in Barcelona with an unfortunate off this afternoon. These things happen and the main thing is that he is ok. We will be back on track tomorrow to make the most of our last day of running before Melbourne.”
Gasly’s last moments of preparation ahead of his Red Bull debut in Melbourne were spent spinning around into the barrier, as he admitted to making an error on approach to Turn 9.
Speaking about the hefty shunt afterwards as Red Bull began packing up the equipment that they no longer needed, Guillaume Rocquelin said: “The crash was simply a case of Pierre going slightly wide into Turn 9 and losing control. You’re pretty much flat out there, so if it goes wrong, you’re going to feel it. Thankfully Pierre is OK. We have a long night ahead of us in order to get the car ready for tomorrow, however today’s incident shouldn’t compromise our plans. Prior to Pierre’s off, we had a good morning. We worked on how we manage a qualifying session, which is good knowledge for the driver and it gets the pit crew back in the zone. The incident was unfortunate but these things happen. We’ll deal with it and move on.”