Red Bull Racing has experienced a setback in the construction of their new wind tunnel, as they have withdrawn their planning application for the facility, which means that the construction will likely be delayed and it may not be ready in time to help develop the 2025 car.
‣ Red Bull Racing has suffered a setback in the construction of their new wind tunnel.
‣ The team has withdrawn their planning application for the new facility.
‣ The reason for the withdrawal is unknown, but it may require finding a new location or making major changes to their plans.
‣ It is unlikely that the new wind tunnel will be ready for use in developing the 2025 car.
Red Bull Racing’s plans for a new wind tunnel may have hit a roadblock as they have withdrawn their planning application for the facility. Team boss Christian Horner had previously revealed their intention to invest in a new wind tunnel, but no details were disclosed about the construction and planning process. F1 journalist Sam Collins reported the setback on X, stating that “the team has withdrawn its planning application for the new facility. Which means there is no chance of construction starting soon.”
The reason behind this sudden withdrawal is unknown, and it is speculated that Red Bull may need to find a new location or make significant changes to their plans. This setback implies that the new wind tunnel may not be ready in time to aid the development of their 2025 car. This is a crucial concern as Ford is set to become Red Bull’s partner in 2026, and there are significant rule changes planned for F1 at that time.
Red Bull’s current wind tunnel is outdated, having been acquired from Jaguar in 2004. Horner himself has referred to it as a relic of the Cold War. The current wind tunnel was originally commissioned in 1946 for aircraft design purposes. This highlights the pressing need for a new facility that can meet the demands of modern Formula 1.
While the reasons behind the withdrawal are unclear, Red Bull Racing now faces the challenge of finding an alternative solution or adapting their plans to ensure the timely construction of a new wind tunnel. Failure to do so could hinder their competitiveness in the future, especially with the upcoming changes in partnership and regulations.