Ferrari F1 driver Sebastian Vettel will use his second of five engines at the Chinese Grand Prix following his first unit damaged during the formation lap of the Bahrain Grand Prix.
The German failed to make the start of the race, after his engine blew with smoke pouring from the rear of the Ferrari SF16-H.
“We had a failure, I saw a lot of smoke from behind and I lost power so we decided to stop the car” Vettel explained in the immediate aftermath.
“The problem came as a surprise, both for me and the whole team.”
Ferrari later put the failure down to a software issue.
“A software failure meant that a problem arose during the formation lap at low revs,” a Ferrari spokesman explained to GPUpdate.net, when asked about the problem.
“[It was a] very unlikely combination of circumstances, but eventually one valve broke, so we’re looking at replacing the ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) for China.”