Vettel: We still have lots of problems, large and small, that we need to fix

Sebastian Vettel manged 59 laps on day two in Bahrain

Sebastian Vettel manged 59 laps on day two in Bahrain

World Champion Sebastian Vettel finally managed some laps but at a sluggish pace on Thursday as Red Bull’s pre-season crisis continues.

His tally of 59 laps in the troubled Renault-powered RB10 ended fears that Adrian Newey’s latest creation might never run at all, but he was more than five seconds off the pace set by Kevin Magnussen in the McLaren.

“We still have lots of problems – large and small – that we need to fix,” Vettel is quoted by the German newspaper Die Welt.

Red Bull’s Helmut Marko admitted that the task now achieved was simply to get the RB10 to work, and that on Thursday the car “was just rolling around”.

Sebastian Vettel speaks to media in Bahrain

Sebastian Vettel speaks to media in Bahrain

Vettel is quoted by Bild newspaper: “The laptimes are not the best, but the first thing was to get the car running.”

The reigning quadruple World Champion, who won the last 9 races of 2013 on the trot, is now returning to Europe, leaving teammate Daniel Ricciardo now to complete the first week of running in Bahrain.

Ahead of his turn in the RB10, Australian Ricciardo was his usual positive self in the midst of what many are calling the Red Bull crisis.

“We are not halfway through testing yet, there’s still seven days, which is a lot,” he told Australian media Fairfax.

“Then we have got Melbourne and even if – and this is just me talking – even if the first six races don’t go to plan, there’s still 13 or 14 left,” he insisted. (GMM)

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  • Tamburello1994

    My sense is that Red Bull is flailing about playing whack-a-mole. “Lots of problems” at this stage of game doesn’t bode well for the future either.

    At the rate of progression it will be mid-season before they figure things out. Thank god for Dbl points in Abu Dhabi !!

    Getting close to judging the RB10 a flop.

  • =El Presidente=

    With the recourse available to a team such is RedBull and Renault, then i can not see any thing else but that they are back in fighting form before the end of the season.

    Of course a year like McL had last year is not very far fetched as the cards are laid out right now.

    But there will be in-season testing, and if the Renault-engine really proves to be down on power or reliability they will be able to revise that.

    I’m not a fan at all of the fizzy-drink-squad, but you can’t deny them any recognition.

    Still i would not be complaining to see them ending behind Williams. 😀

  • TheDudeson

    They will be in the zone in Melbourne just watch and see

  • Hawk

    yeah right
    thats you talking