The first day of the second stanza of Formula 1 pre-season testing was again packed with problems for reigning World Champions Red Bull, as the RB10 continued to suffer with overheating issues which Sebastian Vettel has admitted are not going to be a quick fix.
The four time World Champion said after completing only 14 laps on the first day at Sakhir, “It’s not easy to find a quick fix, but I think we understand the problems. We sorted out the issues from Jerez and we were able to do some laps today. However, very often you fix one problem and another pops up, which is what happened.”
On the bright side the World Champions were fastest, by some margin, of the other three Renault powered outfits. But this was no consolation to Vettel who ended the day fifth fastest but 3.4 seconds down on the best time. His 14 laps compares to 82 managed by Adrian Sutil in the Ferrari powered Sauber.
As for the cause of the overheating, Vettel explained. “There was an issue with the brakes that caused a lock of the back tyres. That created quite a lot of heat – and suddenly it was too hot under the cover. That was when I had to help the marshal with the extinguisher…”
“Obviously we’re not happy with where we are now and we have a long way ahead of us. The first gut feeling from the car is OK, but we need more running,” said the German.
“That’s testing. We all knew that this year [would be] a massive challenge and we knew it would be difficult. We obviously didn’t want this, but it is what it is and we are working flat out to solve the problems,” added Vettel.
It was another miserable day for the Renault brigade, the only exception perhaps being Caterham who managed 68 laps but were way off the pace.
Vettel stopped on track mid-afternoon, with the rear bodywork on the RB10 smoking, whereupon he grabnbed a fire extinguisher ready to combat any flames. Thankfully none ensued.
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