It has now being reported that the left torque drive was the reason for Sebastian Vettel’s retirement down under this weekend. This coming out as Brembo says their brake system was in fact not at fault for what happened to the 22 year old star. Below is a segment of the press release from Brembo:
“With regard to the retirement of the Red Bull Racing’s driver Sebastian Vettel during the Grand Prix of Australia, Brembo communicates that the cause of his exit in Turn 13 was not caused by the braking system supplied by Brembo, as some publications have reported. Red Bull Racing has confirmed that Sebastian Vettel retired from the Australian Grand Prix after the torque drive between the front left axle and wheel was lost.”
Regardless of what broke on this car, they need to fix it or face a repeat of what happened last year. The thing I find odd is that this is the second time in two races that Red Bull has missed the diagnosis of the problem until the week following. It was not like they get the car back and find out what broke, they report it on like Tuesday that it was something else. I am feeling the need for some changes on that team if they are to be successful. Somebody on the team is clueless and needs some guidance.
I have started to see another interesting trend on some of the community sites. Why is this happening to Mark Webber? Granted Webber ripped the front end off the car this weekend, a majority of the Red Bull failures happened to Vettel dating back to last season. Is Vettel too hard on the car? He jumps out to huge leads and then the car eventually just stops about halfway through the race. Is he too tough on the car or is it simply a prototype part issue? Placing new bits on the car for Vettel and they all happen to be pretty much flat wrong. We shall move on to Malaysia and find out.