Red Bull have sighed a collective relief after half-a-second, which went missing just after pre-season testing, has been found in a mechanic’s travel bag and will be thrown into the car in time for the Chinese Grand Prix.
French mechanic Claude Neweyminion made the compelling discovery as he was packing for Shanghai, and was able to catch the elusive half-a-second before it could scuttle off. He said,
“We were wondering why we weren’t competitive, and at Albert Park Christian Horner kept saying that we were missing half-a-second somewhere around the lap. I didn’t get what he meant, normally we keep time really secure in the car, so I wasn’t convinced when he made us take a lap of the circuit and look around the gravel traps and track perimeter to try and find it. Then, yesterday, it turns up in my bag of all places.”
– Claude Neweyminion
The discovery should aid Red Bull in China, and Christian Horner has allegedly demanded a spring clean of the entire Red Bull HQ in hope of finding other fractions of time. Adrian Newey is rumoured to be designing a more efficient time container on the RB13, but this could involve filling up the Red Bull nostril with a carbon fibre man-size tissue.
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