Red Bull camouflage car design causes a stir

Frank Dalleres
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The black and white design makes it hard for rivals to detect subtle changes in car design
RED BULL team boss Christian Horner has hailed the benefits of running their 2015 car with a so-called camouflaged livery during pre-season testing in Spain.

Horner believes the vehicle’s distinctive black and white design has made it more difficult for rivals to detect design modifications during the four-day session in Jerez.

“To see a Red Bull in a different livery is striking and it makes it difficult to get detailed photographs of the car as it confuses the eyeline, at a time of year when we’re all trying to be as secretive as we possibly can,” he said.

Horner, who admits the experiment is unlikely to continue when the season starts next month, said it had been inspired by a similar design on former driver Sebastian Vettel’s helmet. “Seb’s helmet was quite fun, so we thought it would be interesting to extend that concept to the rest of the car,” he added.

World champion Lewis Hamilton put in 100 laps for Mercedes, more than any other driver, after team-mate Nico Rosberg clocked more than 150 on Sunday. McLaren’s pre-season woes with new engine manufacturer Honda continued, however, with Jenson Button completing just six laps to add to Fernando Alonso’s six the previous day. Vettel, who joined Ferrari from Red Bull, was fastest on Monday.