Sebastian Vettel satisfied with Red Bull despite reliability issues at Barcelona
Sebastian Vettel, the current world champions, claims he is pleased with the performance of his car, although the Red Bull was halted twice on Day 2 of the test at Barcelona. According to reports, Sebastian Vettel’s car was facing reliability issues, which is why he was asked to stop his car for examination.
The 25-year-old German, who won his third consecutive Championship last year, was forced to pullout from the race during the afternoon session to check on the hydraulic pressure of the car. Soon afterwards, the Sebastian Vettel had to make another trip to the pit lane, this time because of a loose wheel.
In spite of all the problems he faced, Sebastian Vettel still completed 84 laps and was the second fastest on the circuit. Sebastian Vettel was only 0.349 seconds slower than McLaren’s new boy Sergio Perez.
“We had issues with reliability and couldn’t do as many laps as we wanted but it’s better that these things happen today rather than in Australia,” Sebastian Vettel said after the race.
“It was nothing dramatic, just small things. We had to stop the car once as we saw a small loss of pressure and then towards the end of the day it looks like after the stop the wheel wasn’t on properly.
“So I had to stop again, cause the red flag and it just takes too much time to turn everything around, so we couldn’t get out again.
Sebastian Vettel concluded that the stops he made weren’t too serious and his team is working on solving each issue in less than 24 hours. Sebastian Vettel will have over the Red Bull car to his teammate Mark Webber for the final two days of the test runs at Barcelona.
“We are pretty happy with the car, with the balance, how it feels. This morning, we did a couple of short runs with new tyres and a little less fuel,” Sebastian Vettel added.
“This afternoon was a different story. It’s fairly difficult to read because the tyres are such a dominant factor but I think we’re there or thereabouts from what we can see.”
The final tests of the preseason will begin on March 1 at Barcelona.