Vettel: Problems keep cropping up

By on Wednesday, February 19, 2014
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Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel has conceded that Red Bull is on the back foot after more problems on the first day of testing in Bahrain.

Vettel completed 14 laps and set the fifth fastest time, although his running was curtailed when the RB10 stopped on track in the afternoon.

The RB10 was pictured with a small amount of flames emerging from the sidepod.

Red Bull endured a miserable time at the first test at Jerez where they completed just 21 laps.

Vettel revealed after his running on Wednesday that new problems keep appearing.

"Obviously we’re not happy with where we are now and we have a long way ahead of us," he said.

"The first gut feeling from the car is OK, but we need more running."

"It’s not easy to find a quick fix, but I think we understand the problems. We sorted out the issues from Jerez and we were able to do some laps today. However, very often you fix one problem and another pops up, which is what happened. That’s testing."

"We all knew this year was a massive challenge and we knew it would be difficult. We obviously didn’t want this, but it is what it is and we are working flat out to solve the problems."

Vettel said that a brake problem caused his stoppage.

"There was an issue with the brakes that caused a lock of the back tyres. That created quite a lot of heat - and suddenly it was too hot under the cover. That was when I had to help the marshal with the extinguisher…"

The German insists that Red Bull still has no reason to panic and downplayed suggestions that double points could benefit the team.

"We are only at the second test with a long year ahead of us, so why should there be panic? Yes, it is not the start of the RB10 that we had hoped for - but we’re working on it! We know pretty well what the issues are and we will step-by-step eliminate them.

"It is February and there is a long way to go. Whatever the situation will be I am not a fan of the double points, as I don’t understand the reason behind it. And to be honest, until then I hope that we will have lots of good races and results."

Vettel will drive the RB10 again on Thursday before handing over to Daniel Ricciardo for the final two days of the test.

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