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Red Bull’s first non-points scoring race since Korea 2010



Vettel walking back to the garage after race exit © Red Bull

The Champions Red Bull Racing hugely disappointed following the duo DNF race since Korea Grand Prix 2010. Sebastian Vettel performed well in the race, many times he challenged with Alonso for the final podium place. But unfortunately Vettel was first to retire due to a mechanical problem on the 48th lap.

Also defending champion disappointed with drive through penalty for blocking Alonso in Italian Grand Prix and the Spaniard forced to race on out of track. Red Bull and Vettel still believe it was an unjustified penalty.

“I found out I had a problem roughly 300 meters before I stopped the car. It was an alternator problem, similar to the one we had yesterday morning.” Vettel said after the race.

Vettel expecting upcoming race circuits suit for Red Bull features, especially he says not so many long straights at the next couple of tracks.

“The drive-through incident was decided and happened, so there’s not so much to say about that. We lost some points today; but we did the best we could – you could see that our pace was not as strong as the leaders. It had been a good race for us given the lack of pace. There are not so many long straights at the next couple of circuits, so we can challenge there.”

Mark Webber was a tough race in Italian Grand Prix, he made a terrible start. Struggled Webber was push hard ahead of Nico Rosberg who race with two-pitstop strategy. In Ascari chicane lost the control of his RB8’s and spin, but he take control and keep it off the wall, joins with race but his tyres were so heavily flat-spotted, finally Red Bull decided to retire.

“Towards the end of the race, I had no rear tyres left and I was pushing reasonably hard. Nico (Rosberg) was coming on his fresh two-stop tyres, so I had to keep pushing and staying on it – for the sake of getting a couple of points, maybe I shouldn’t have pushed as hard, but I was trying to stay on it. Webber said.

“The rear tyres were completely finished, so I dropped it out of the Ascari chicane; I managed to keep it off the wall, but then the tyres were so heavily flat-spotted, I was worried about damaging the car. We do 330 km/h round here, I couldn’t see the track, so we decided to retire.”

Red Bull team Principal Christian Horner disappointed with double DNF, he decided to inspect repeat failure on Vettel’s car, and work with engine supplier Renault to guarantee it doesn’t happen another time.

“A hugely disappointing race – our first non-points scoring race since Korea 2010. It was a repeat failure on Sebastian’s car with the alternator and we need to look into it and work with Renault to ensure it doesn’t happen again.” Horner said.

“It’s already cost us a victory in Valencia and now a points-finish again here in Monza. It’s important we address it for the remaining seven races. For Mark, it was a tough race. Unfortunately he just ran out of tyres near the end of the race and the resulting flat spots that came from the high-speed spin put an awful lot of vibration in the car. Rather than risk a failure, we chose to retire the car.”

The DNF cost, Vettel’s drivers’ championship position, he fall down to fourth position and McLaren close the gap between Red Bull for constructors’ championship, now they are 29 points behind the defending champions.
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