It is difficult to resist the irony of an airplane being used to fly a car somewhere in order that the car can be driven.
There are those of us, who at an earlier stage in life, occasionally used our cars to transport our bicycles somewhere in order to ride those bikes, so we truly appreciate learning that Team Red Bull will fly Daniel Ricciardo’s new car to Spain for testing purposes.
Ricciardo’s new car, with Ricciardo behind the wheel, hit the Silverstone track in England recently for a brief trial drive.
Proper testing will take place in Spain, and then the car will be flown to Australia for practice running at Albert Park ahead of the Australian Grand Prix on March 25.
The car will hopefully get things heading in the correct direction, with the Renault powered racer running away from the Germans, rather than chasing them fruitlessly.
If it is not being too redundant, the Silverstone track was cold and damp, which should be to say, all normal in England.
After his drive, Ricciardo said, “It’s always hard to tell from a few laps but the initial feeling is good. It’s (the car) not doing anything that scares me and I can already feel that the rear of the car feels pretty settled, even in these poor conditions. Those are encouraging early signs.”
This is the earliest point in time for Red Bull to unveil a new design and the hopes are that the early debut will supply some time to sort out the minor mechanical issues that in several of the past seasons, have cost the team vital practice time.
Ricciardo also had some encouraging words to say about the Halo, the new safety device F1 has mandated to protect the heads of open cockpit drivers from all manner of flying objects, from parts flying off cars involved in collisions to mosquitoes and bees.
“I can see fine,” Ricciardo said.
We could have used that sort of thing when a bee flew into our mouths when we were blasting down an incline on our bicycles, but as everyone knows we are no angels, it could not have been called the Halo, unless of course, someone was looking to be ironic.