- Nikunj Ashish Shah
Formula 1 News: The Red Bull team has revealed the reason why it got double retirement. It happened at the Bahrain Grand Prix last weekend in the first race of the Formula 1 2022 season.
On the track, Red Bull was appearing to open the 2022 season with a P2 and a P4. However, both the team drivers, Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez had to face unfortunate circumstances. Only a few laps were left to go, but both of them retired. Now, ahead of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, the team has revealed the explanation and cause of the whole incident.
In the season-opening race in Sakhir, Bahrain, the Red Bull driver Max Verstappen sparred with Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc‘s car for a greater part of the race. When just three laps were left to go, Max Verstappen was forced to retire.
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Moreover, two laps after this, his teammate Sergio Perez spun at Turn 1 after. And, he too suffered the same issue as his partner. Coincidentally, both the Red Bull drivers had to face the same issue and retire.
And, ahead of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in Jeddah, Red Bull confirmed the exact problem of why this issue occurred.
The spokeswoman of the F1 team revealed that both Red Bull cars suffered from a lack of fuel pressure in the Bahrain race, causing the drivers to retire. In both cars, there was the right amount of fuel. But, a vacuum got created which gave rise to an issue. This is because due to that vacuum, the pumps failed to draw that fuel and transfer it to the engine.
Further, she also said that they have taken the “appropriate” measures to get rid of the problem as soon as possible. In addition, she said that they do not expect any issues ahead, referring to the second race taking place this weekend in Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
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However, that was not the only issue the F1 driver had to face last weekend. Even the heavy steering hampered Max Verstappen’s ability to attack Charles Leclerc in the closing stages of the sprint.
The Red Bull team Principal Christian Horner addressed the reporters after the Bahrain Grand Prix. He said that Max’s steering issue occurred when the car got dropped on the final halt. He believes it shifted a track rod, which explains why it was somewhat different from the left to right.
Red Bull will be hoping to make amends at this weekend’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, after failing to make an impression in the constructors’ standings in 2022.
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