Webber’s older specification alternator survives Monza

Mark Webber Red Bull during the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza on September 9, 2012 in Monza, Italy.Sep.10 (GMM) Mark Webber’s alternator survived the Italian grand prix because it was an older specification, according to Red Bull‘s Helmut Marko, after reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel on Sunday suffered a repeat of his Saturday morning failure, and failed to finish at Monza.

“The part was from the latest specification (of alternator) that came after the similar failure in Valencia,” Marko is quoted by Salzburger Nachrichten.

“Webber had an alternator from an older specification that had no problem,” said the Austrian.

Auto Motor und Sport said that engine supplier Renault, whose supply partner for the alternator is Magneti Marelli, is treating the problem as a priority.

“Since 2011 we have changed virtually nothing,” said Renault’s baffled Remi Taffin.

One glimmer of hope is that the Renault alternator used by Lotus’ Jerome d’Ambrosio at Monza was showing early signs of failure, which could be useful for getting to the bottom of the mystery.

Arguably the bigger problem for Red Bull, however, is their recent lack of pace.

Former Toro Rosso driver Jaime Alguersuari said Monza was “the team’s worst performance since 2008″.

And yet another problem on Sunday was Vettel’s penalty for driving Fernando Alonso off the track, even though a similar incident at Curva Grande a year ago was ignored by the stewards.

Was the FIA giving Ferrari a helping-hand at Monza on Sunday?

“I think not,” Vettel told Bild newspaper, thereby dismissing the conspiracy theory.

Subbed by AJN.

  • Steve Maximus

    Last year Alonso left room for Vettel, this year, with a rule change, Vettel left no room for Alonso. It was a totally different situation.

  • javalocco

    today vettel more matude to deny any conspiracy while alonso act cry baby.

    No championship for alonso,… repeat the 2010. let alonso lead first :)

  • McLaren Fan

    So then Red Bull have now admitted that the cars are not equal!!
    Vettel had the upgraded version and Webber had the old version!!!