Alfa Romeo Racing’s 2020 development plans may have suffered a set-back after its new chassis failed a mandatory FIA crash test according to a report from Germany.
The test was conducted at the FIA-approved CSI facility in Bollate, near Milan, contends Motorsport-Magazin, where the Hinwil-based squad’s chassis was allegedly destroyed.
All teams must submit their new car to a crash test before they are deemed fit to be used, with stringent evaluations carried out during five dynamic tests and 13 static load tests involving a chassis’ front, side and rear structures.
Motosport-Magazin’s report states that Alfa’s new tub successfully passed the static test at Hinwil but failed its dynamic frontal impact verification in Bollate.
Alfa Romeo’s crews now must work at full speed to timely prepare a second chassis, a burden that could set back the team’s development plans by a few weeks.
All teams must have their new car certified by the FIA ahead of the start of pre-season testing which will begin on February 19 in Barcelona.