Red Bull pass last-minute crash test

Red Bull Racing only passed their final mandatory FIA crash test hours before the start of first practice for the Australian Grand Prix

The team headed to Melbourne for the season opener without having signed off all of the crash tests that are needed before a car can run on a Grand Prix weekend.

The failure to pass the final test on the nose led the team to request last night a delay in scrutineering their cars until Friday morning.

But despite an anxious wait overnight in Australia for news of the test, the RB4 passed the front impact test in Britain on Thursday without problems.

The team's cars were duly presented for scrutineering on Friday morning in Australia and passed, allowing Red Bull Racing to take part in first practice.

The team were not the only ones who passed their crash tests quite late, though, with Honda Racing also only getting the sign-off on their RA108 in the past week.

CEO Nick Fry said: "The crash tests were scheduled very late, but the last of them was passed a few days ago and there were no issues. It was late, but there wasn't a problem."

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