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Volume 10 No. 22
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Reports Of 'Secret' F1 Team Red Bull Tests At AVL Facility Emerge

Germany's Bild newspaper said that the reigning F1 world champion team Red Bull "is alleged to have tested indoors at the Austrian company AVL's 'rolling road' facility in Graz," according to MOTORSPORT. The six-day test, involving Red Bull's "troubled engine supplier Renault, reportedly occurred between the last pre-season track test in Bahrain and the start of the season in Australia." Rumors of the illegal test reportedly "began to circulate after someone circulated correspondence to the FIA as well as the Mercedes, Ferrari and Sauber teams." Germany's Auto Bild reported that the test "actually involved Red Bull's junior team, Toro Rosso, who have been deeply involved in the efforts to pull Renault out of its pre-season technical crisis" (MOTORSPORT, 6/5).