The much anticipated return of Sebastian Vettel to the cockpit of the Red Bull RB10, for his two day stint of testing in Bahrain, got off to the worst possible start for the quadruple world champion.
After their best day on Friday, where Daniel Ricciardo managed some relatively useful mileage and respectable lap times, the stage was set for Vettel to at last get some serious track time.
Almost two hours into the session the Red Bull finally fired up, while most of their rivals were well into their respective programmes. The delays were reportedly caused by the arrival of new parts which took time to be bolted on to the car ahead of the third day.
Vettel drove slowly down the pitlane, but without even completing the installation lap the car came to a stop out on track, prompting the first red flag stoppage of the day.
Vettel was given a lift back to the pit garage in the course car, and according to the BBC joked with the driver, “Thank you. Please take this the right way, but I hope I don’t see you again!”
About 45 minutes later Vettel re-emerged from the pit garage, but this time failed to make it even beyond the end of the pitlane, where the Red Bull slowed to a halt.
The world champion hopped out and helped a marshal push the Red Bull back to the team’s garage. (GP247)
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