“It is something not at all unusual. However, we have identified the problem and solved it. The car will be testing in Algarve on January 19,” said the spokesperson, according to the named source.
Renault are scheduled to present their new car for 2009 during the upcoming testing session at the Algarve circuit in Portugal. Flavio Briatore has already announced that his team will not launch their machinery during a classic press conference but directly on track, in an effort to save money.
Failing the crash tests will not interfere with the official launch, as Renault believes the problem will be solved within the next few days. The team's official did not reveal what was the exact problem with the car, but it is believed that it had something to do with its increased weight – as most F1 teams are simulating the extra weight from the future KERS unit to be fitted into the car.
After launching the R29, Renault are expected to conduct several testing session in order for Fernando Alonso and Nelsinho Piquet to get used to the new aerodynamic updates, as well as the new slick tires. Renault are expected to begin next season without KERS, much like all the other teams in the F1 paddock apart from McLaren and BMW.