Defending world champion Sebastian Vettel has failed to win any of the first four races. His RB10 rolled to a stop at Turn Five, with Vettel climbing out of the car and helping the marshals to push it off track and at the back the side wall. The German has a different chassis this weekend.
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner told BBC: “We had a full electrical shutdown on Seb’s car. We’re not sure what caused it. It cut the radio and everything. Hopefully it’s something reasonably simple so if we can get the car back quickly, we can get him back out again.”
BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson report from Barcelona: “One of the great mysteries of Sebastian Vettel’s struggles so far is that one of the things that defines greatness in F1 drivers is their ability to drive cars they are not comfortable with and to adapt to change. Vettel showed great adaptability in getting the best out of the counter-intuitive technique required of the Red Bulls with which he won the last three world titles (NB three is not a mistake – it is a reference to the blown diffuser cars), but has not so far adapted to the conventional, and lower-grip, RB10. I asked him why.
“‘Generally, we all have our style, our own style, how we’d like to drive the car, how you have learned to set up the car,’ Vettel said. ‘In general, I don’t mind when the rear is moving. I don’t mind having oversteer in the car, but if it is too much it even starts to bother you when the car slides too much. Then you find yourself correcting more than being able to push and get the maximum out of the car and it slows you down. There are lots of reasons behind it. It would be nice to have one problem and one fix for that but it got a lot more complex this year. We are still learning a lot. Generally, the way you like to drive a car doesn’t change.'”