2012 Constructors’ Champion Red Bull Racing admitted that they are feared regarding the champion Vettel car’s rear bodywork floor damage, following incident at turn three on opening lap.
Sebastian Vettel collide with Williams’s Bruno Senna at turn three on the opening lap for the Brazilian Grand Prix, this incident offered Vettel’s car rear damage too poorly.
Following the incident the Red Bull team heads checking the Vettel RB8’s images and “Red Bull tell him they cannot repair any damage if it’s not the front wing”
Autosport reported that, when asked if there was worry that the damage was big enough to cause Vettel to retire, team Principal Christian Horner said: “Absolutely.
“There was quite a lot of damage to the exhaust and they’re sensitive bits of equipment. So for them to receive an impact like that, of course, it was massively concerning.” He told Autosport.
“It’s probably about as bad as you can possibly have and still finish the race,”
Red Bull’s master brain Adrian Newey, Chief Technical Officer said after the race: “The whole season has been an amazing ride, but today, to finish it like that down to the wire with so many obstacles – the first lap incident, the concern about the damage to both the bodywork and the exhaust, the fact that the car was then hard on its tyres, the radio failing – was just great; you know, we had so many things thrown against us.”
Newey added, “I think to come through all that and still get enough points to win the Championship was a real testament to team and driver. For Seb to get three championships, I don’t know how you’d be able to describe that, but I think the hallmark of the year really has been the tenacity shown by the team.”
“We struggled with the car at the start of the year, trying to understand how it worked with the loss of the side exhaust, and to turn around a slightly difficult sub car at the start of the year, to get it to the point where we were able to seal the Constructors’ a week ago and then again here with the Drivers’ – it’s just been a great tribute to everybody.”