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Saturday, January 10, 2009

New Renault fails crash test

Renault confirmed the R29 failed mandatory FIA crash tests, but insist the 2009 car will launch on schedule.



“It is something not at all unusual,” autosport.com quotes a team spokeswoman. “However, we have identified the problem and solved it. The car will be testing in Algarve on January 19.”


The site quotes sources saying the car failed two of three tests - nose and side impact - and that the team may even have written off one of their chassis.

Autosport.com opines Renault are trying to shed weight to compensate for the addition of their KERS.

Crash test failures are not uncommon, however, and there is no reason at this point to question the team’s confidence the car will launch on the 19th. Don't miss the top stories of the day, subscribe to the SpeedRead Web newspaper now! -- Email SpeedRead -- Learn more about author C.D. Six

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