Red Bull RB18 has been ‘given the all-clear’

Michelle Foster
The Red Bull garage of Max Verstappen while the driver is out on the track. Brazil November 2021

The Red Bull garage of Max Verstappen while the driver is out on the track. Brazil November 2021

Red Bull’s RB18 has been “given the all-clear” after a report suggested the car had failed an FIA crash test.

Every year the Formula 1 cars have to undergo a mandatory FIA crash test, designed to ensure the car protects the driver in the event of an accident.

Red Bull, according to the Italian edition of, failed their frontal test.

The publication claimed the RB18 “would not have passed the earlier crash test for chassis homologation.

“At Cranfield, where the British teams converge for the dynamic tests, Red Bull would have registered a failure in the front of the car that would force the Milton Keynes team to review the ability to absorb energy from the nose and the chassis in the front”.

Red Bull did not comment on the report.

However, according to F1-Insider, the RB18 has been homologated.

Correspondent Bianca Garloff claims: “The team of World Champion Max Verstappen has, like Mercedes, given the all-clear, although a presentation date is still pending.”

The report does not clarify whether that was only after changes were made to the car or if the previous report was incorrect.

Red Bull reflection on the Mercedes truck. Italy, September 2021.

It was also claimed Mercedes’ W13 had failed its test, but in their case the Brackley squad denied this.

“W13 completed full FIA homologation on January 13,” the team stated.

Mercedes will unveil their W13 on February 18 while Red Bull have yet to confirm a date. There is, however, speculation that is because the team are waiting on a sponsorship deal.

Although Red Bull enter this year’s championship as the defending World Champions, Verstappen having beaten Lewis Hamilton to the Drivers’ crown last season, and Mercedes are the reigning Constructors’ Championship holders, Christian Horner recently stated he is worried about the threat Ferrari could pose.

“I think you could see teams like Ferrari, McLaren, maybe even one or two surprises, because it’s a complete reset of the regulations and ourselves and Mercedes were very much involved in last year’s championship fight,” the Red Bull team boss told broadcaster WION.


“So inevitably, that takes a little bit of distraction and emphasis away from the following year.

“We expect to have some very fierce competition out there this year and I think it will be an exciting championship ahead.”


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Red Bull RB18 has been 'given the all-clear'

Red Bull's RB18 has been given the all-clear after reports that it failed an FIA crash test