Vettel to miss rest of practice after electrical problem

2014 Spanish Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Circuit de Catalunya, 2014Sebastian Vettel will take no further part in practice for the Spanish Grand Prix following his technical problem in this morning’s session.

Red Bull confirmed an electrical problem caused Vettel to stop just four laps into first practice and his car will not be repaired in time for the second session.

“Due to an electrical problem that has damaged the wiring loom of car number one, Sebastian will not be able to take part in FP2,” the team stated on Twitter.

“The team will use the time to fix it to be ready for FP3 tomorrow.”

Vettel switched to an earlier Red Bull chassis for this weekend. He ended the first practice session in twentieth place, while team mate Daniel Ricciardo set the third-fastest time in the other Red Bull.

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28 comments on Vettel to miss rest of practice after electrical problem

  1. Shrieker (@shrieker) said on 9th May 2014, 12:01

    Ouch

  2. Cole said on 9th May 2014, 12:10

    Tough luck!

  3. Optimaximal (@optimaximal) said on 9th May 2014, 12:18

    Sebastian Vettel will take no further part in practice for the Spanish Grand Prix following his technical problem in this morning’s session.

    Technically, he won’t be taking any further part today. :)

  4. BasCB (@bascb) said on 9th May 2014, 12:20

    So much for engine upgrades. Did Renault give them the go ahead to pull more power into the hybrid part only for the perfectly packaged, but overheating Red Bull cable loom to melt?

    • Boomerang said on 9th May 2014, 12:43

      Same thing ;-)

    • Funkyf1 (@funkyf1) said on 9th May 2014, 13:01

      @bascb I believe this is a new chassis, which could mean a assembly or packaging problem.

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 9th May 2014, 13:12

        no, its not a new chassis. Its the chassis they used during testing he has now got instead of the newer one he raced until now @funkyf1. Although your point about assembly or packaging is still a viable one.

    • DaveW (@dmw) said on 9th May 2014, 15:36

      Well, it’s reported elsewhere that Renault is not being paid by certain teams and that Renault says that cashflow issues are hampering development of the PU. I’m sure there is another side to the story….possibly teams not wanting to pay the full rate for an under-performing product. I read this as Renault trying to get a jump on the blame-game when engines start failing again due to failed “upgrades.”

  5. vjm said on 9th May 2014, 12:28

    They just have made Vet number 2 driver this season – less focusing on his car, less experienced mechanics, no car development toward his driving style etc… Someone has to be number 2 driver.

  6. Sam (@) said on 9th May 2014, 12:47

    Except for Malaysia, the man hasn’t had much luck this season.

    • Robbie (@robbie) said on 9th May 2014, 13:09

      Must be so frustrating as they have just lost a big chunk of the time needed to confirm if his new/old chassis will make any difference or teach them anything about the chassis they just replaced. But that’s racing, and they won last year in part because they put a little less emphasis on this year’s efforts in order to ensure last year’s success, so they just have to keep that in mind for now and keep working hard.

  7. Ciaran (@ciaran) said on 9th May 2014, 12:59

    If this was Webber (or Ricciardo) there’d be conspiracy theorists running riot!
    It’ll be very interesting to see how this affects the rest of his weekend. Normally he gets over these kind of issues quite quickly, but with the new cars proving more difficult to get the balance right, I’d be impressed if he could get back up to speed in time for the race.

    • trotter said on 9th May 2014, 15:17

      If this was Webber (or Ricciardo) there’d be conspiracy theorists running riot!

      Well, I don’t think those theories just popped into existence. Obviously, people have a reason to always look at Red Bull with suspicion.
      Your comment is pointless, and honestly childish, if you can’t figure out for yourself why many people have the suspicions and theories they have.

  8. Seba (@f1fan123) said on 9th May 2014, 13:33

    obvious sabotage of course……. oh wait, it’s vettel’s car, not webber or ricciardo’s. Nevermind, nothing to see here, move along.

  9. OmarR-Pepper (@omarr-pepper) said on 9th May 2014, 13:52

    Old problem in the old chassis

  10. David not Coulthard (@davidnotcoulthard) said on 9th May 2014, 15:23

    @keithcollantine

    Vettel to miss rest of practice after electrical problem

    “The team will use the time to fix it to be ready for FP3 tomorrow.”

  11. Drezone said on 10th May 2014, 2:54

    Maybe there are things happening behind the scenes like vettel bagging out red bull and maybe threatening to jump ship or maybe already has so now they are focusing on ricciardo. Either way it would appear they like to favour one driver and for once its not vettel

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