Red Bull not sure that alternator problems are solved for Singapore

The car of Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8 is bought back to the pits on a truck. Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Italian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Monza, Italy, Saturday 8 September 2012.

The car of Sebastian Vettel is transported back to the pits during the weekend at Monza

Sep.18 (GMM) A worried Red Bull F1 team is travelling to Singapore this week, hoping a spate of alternator problems do not return to haunt them  at the Marina Bay Street circuit after a rare scoreless weekend in Italy last time out.

Sebastian Vettel walks back to the pits after a DNF in the Italian GP at MonzaSebastian Vettel and Lotus’ similarly Renault-powered Romain Grosjean were halted at Valencia earlier this year, and the problem returned on Vettel’s Red Bull at Monza.

Then it emerged that the Pirelli test car, fitted with a 2010 specification of the Renault alternator, struck similar problems recently, while Grosjean substitute Jerome d’Ambrosio’s Lotus almost failed at Monza.

“We do not need to tell Renault Sport what to do, because they know that it’s absolutely urgent,” Lotus technical director James Allison is quoted by Finland’s MTV3.

It’s a particularly urgent crisis for Red Bull. While the reigning champions currently lead the constructors’ championship, Vettel is behind not only Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) but also Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) and Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus) in the high profile drivers’ chase.

Sebastian Vettel 2011 Singapore Grand Prix winner during the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 25, 2011 in Singapore.“Basically, we are where we belong in the world championship,” a plain-speaking Vettel is quoted by Germany’s Sport1.

The Adrian Newey-penned RB8 struggled for outright speed at ultra-fast Spa and Monza, but the even bigger question for Red Bull is why the car is often fast in practice but not in the more crucial qualifying sessions.

“We have found no answer,” team boss Christian Horner admitted.

Red Bull is hoping for better this weekend, under the Singapore lights.

Vettel won last year’s night grand prix.

“We’ve been solid on street circuits this year,” said Mark Webber, “so that gives us some confidence that the car will be towards the sharp end again.”

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  • Disgusted with 2012

    Vettel in a Red Bull with a Merc powerplant would own the WDC in 2012. Renault has put the team and drivers on their heels, from the lack of top end power, two DNF’s, and the teams growing lack of confidence in their motive source. In the tightest season in 4 years, this sort of performance failure is critical. Renault has blown it, and needs to pull their heads out immediately. Apologies are meaningless, get the problems solved.

  • Chris

    @Disgusted with 2012
    Well i think Renault will sort it out before Singapore

  • Steve Maximus

    One little change to an inboard hand operated ride height adjuster that they said they never used, and suddenly they are qualifying 10 places back and struggling in the race. What is that about?

  • Disgusted with 2012

    The ride height adjuster has nothing to do with anything, as that was a trivial issue that was resolved in Canada. There was never any discovery of, or suggestion of an on-board or driver accessible adjuster, so that accusation is malarkey. Doesn’t it appear RBR has slowed the pace of upgrades? Perhaps the strategy is to win the WCC (which pays money), and play the WDC as it comes to them (or not)? One might wonder if they will be allowed to win anything this year, given the opportunity for a couple of desirous teams to protest results going back to the first race of the season based on FIA gyrations to date. That would be a perfect end to innovation selective rules, junk tire strategies, press-to-pass gadgets, on the fly “clarifications”, and inconsistent stewardship that will haunt whoever wins 2012 forever – including RBR should they pull it off in the end.

  • fools

    the editor had to show the finger. lol. hahaha.

    I did say though, and I for one am sure RB has thought about the heat that will arise perhaps in Singapore. Alonso should do well. I expect a win since he has won there before.

  • Hawk

    Since when was the Red Bull fast on fridays? I do not recall. even in 2011!
    I also hope the fuel pickup does not come to haunt someone!