Red Bull block Ricciardo from testing with Renault post-season

Rex Christensen
October 23, 2018

"The race could be a bit more of a lottery if it's the first dry running we get".

However, Red Bull have declined to release Ricciardo early so he will not be testing at all in Abu Dhabi, not for Renault nor for his current employers.

While on the outside, it may seem like an unfair move for Ricciardo to be denied in such a way.

Daniel Ricciardo has revealed that he has been prohibited from testing with his 2019 employers in the post-Abu Dhabi Grand Prix test at the end of the 2018 Formula 1 season, with Aston Martin Red Bull Racing insisting the Australian is still under contract with them for the time being.

The sport is to introduce revised front wing regulations in 2019 created to reduce outwash - the first step in a bid to minimise the effect of dirty air for a pursuing vehicle.

On the front wing designs, Chester added: "I think they [the front wings] will look fairly similar [to each other] because a lot of it's very prescribed but there could be some interesting differences in detail".

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"He's under contract past that date, so he won't be doing the test", Horner told Autosport.

Sauber is still hoping that Ferrari will give Kimi Raikkonen permission to do the Abu Dhabi test with the Swiss outfit.

With no running allowed there, and the wings too wide for the current regulations to be allowed to run in free practice, it means teams will have to rely exclusively on windtunnel and CFD data before their 2019 cars hit the track in pre-season testing.

"For sure the wet is exciting to drive in and it could change things up tomorrow, but if it's dry I think we also have a pretty good vehicle, so I don't really mind what happens in qualifying", said the Aussie. "It makes sense for us, I think it make sense for everybody. We would have done it if we were allowed to, yes".

The revised front wings will be 200mm wider, 25mm deeper, and feature simplified endplates and wing components.

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