Despite a two week break between the two tests it seemed very little had changed as Red Bull’s Jerez issued continued in Bahrain.
After completing less than 100km over the four days in Spain, the world champions only added an additional 14 laps to their tally on the opening day in the Middle East kingdom.
In the build-up to the test their lead driver, four-time champion Sebastian Vettel, had hoped he would be able to make up for lost time in Bahrain, instead he is now warning that as overheating issues persist, there will be no quick fix.
“Obviously we’re not happy with where we are now and we have a long way ahead of us,” he told reporters after a disappointing day.
“Very often you fix one problem and another pops up, which is what happened,"
With Red Bull bosses admitting the tight packaging of the RB10 was causing cooling problems in Jerez, it appears that is once again to blame in the warmer temperatures in the desert as – despite cutting holes in the body of the car – Guardian reporter Paul Weaver confirmed an obvious “smell of scorching” from the Red Bull garage.
The German also caused a red flag stopping out on circuit late in the afternoon and was seen grabbing a fire extinguisher from a hesitant marshal.
“Our guys are getting very little sleep right now – one to three hours maximum,” the 26-year-old driver told reporters.
Certainly as the concerned faces on team boss Christian Horner, advisor Helmut Marko and Renault President Jean-Michel Janilier were processed in the media as photographs from a meeting in the Bahrain paddock emerged, it might seem that the issues seen with the Renault V6 power unit are more confined to Red Bull and Toro Rosso than originally thought.
Yesterday the Caterham team achieved 68 laps with Robin Frijns behind the wheel and Lotus were confident looking ahead as the E22 made it’s public debut on Wednesday.
In a somewhat cheeky tone given Red Bull’s woes, Sebastian Vettel was asked if he was a little more for the controversial double points rule which will see the final race in Abu Dhabi worth 50 points to the winner.
The German has always been strongly against the idea calling it “nonsense” and his opinion had remain unchanged when the question was asked.
“I think it’s February, yes the season starts in four weeks, but I think that’s not fair, that’s a bit too harsh,” Vettel answered.
“No matter which way I’m not a big fan of the double points because I don’t understand the reason for it, but yeah, I hope that up to that point we have had lots of good races,” he added.
“I don’t see any reason to panic — I know that everyone is working flat out to find a solution.”
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