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More mechanical gremlins for Red Bull, Vettel in Bahrain

Feb 19, 2014, 3:18 PM EDT

Mideast Bahrain Formula One AP

Write off Red Bull at your own peril, given they’re likely to be on form once the Formula One community actually gets to the season opener at Melbourne, Australia next month.

But after the issues encountered in Jerez last month, and two weeks’ work at the factory, more mechanical gremlins popped up in today’s first running in Bahrain. Sebastian Vettel completed only 14 laps before stopping on track.

“We sorted out the issues from Jerez and we were able to do some laps today,” said the four-time defending World Champion, via the team’s official website. “However, very often you fix one problem and another pops up, which is what happened. That’s testing.”

Per veteran F1 journalist Adam Cooper, the issue today was brake-related, and led to a small fire in the rear of the car. It was one of several brakes issues reported.

Race engineering coordinator Andy Damerum said this was different than what occurred at Jerez.

“We are obviously playing catch-up and for us this was very much like a first test, so we were sending the car out to do one lap, then two and trying to build from there,” he said. “In that regard the laps completed were good. However, we were sidelined by a mechanical gremlin but one unrelated to the issues in Jerez.”

The next three days in Bahrain are crucial for Red Bull, as the team needs to get its issues ironed out before the end of the week. Full running at the second Bahrain test, without incident, will be the target at that point.

Vettel is in the car tomorrow as well, with Daniel Ricciardo taking over on Friday.

  1. indycar02 - Feb 19, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    i think red bull has used up all their luck, lets face it, newey isnt god (go #7 & 14!).

    • testover6370 - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:23 AM

      I see it differently. I think all teams are going to encounter problems with their designs, and Red Bull are lucky to encounter them now, in testing, while others are unfortunately going to discover them in the middle of a race.

      Or Newey, like Icarus, flew too close to the sun and got burned. That’s entirely possible too.

  2. kitnamania13 - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Let’s drive up the comment count for these non-Nascar articles. If we don’t, this site will become all Nascar.

    • moezilla - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:14 PM

      I tried this same approach with a similar comment last year concerning the NHRA…I was rewarded with about 3 or 4 stories since…F1 will soon be getting plenty of coverage, NASCAR is on the radar right now because of Daytona Speedweeks….as soon as the Australian Grand Prix gets a little closer, F1 will be right back, sharing the spotlight with the taxi cab boys…now back to watching Nationwide practice…

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