Post Spanish GP comment: Reliability might hurt Red Bull run

Red Bull  RB6 again proved on Saturday that it is far ahead of rest of the field in terms of pace.  It captured front row of the grid with more than 0.8 seconds margin. But once again reliability came in way of a 1-2 finish. Sebastian Vettel suffered had his third reliability issue in five races.

Questions are raised whether driving style of Vettel is leading to the reliability issues.

In general, a driver is only labelled aggressive if he is famed for daring-do. But Vettel is a aggressive driver in a different way. His aggression is transmitted over kerbs, through chicanes and under braking. Is it a coincidence, therefore, that his car has broken down, relatively speaking, so frequently? – PF1

A spark plug failure caused Red Bull a win in Bahrain while a wheel problem robbed it of win in Australia.

Questions need to be addressed in Red Bull camp on real cause of the issue. Though, Christian Horner is not perturbed. He says that Red Bull is no worse than other teams when it comes to reliability and cited Lewis Hamilton as an example (Hamilton’s car suffered a tyre puncture in the race)

“Ultimately we have got two cars on the podium and were just three points off a maximum score. So I think the team managed the issue with the brakes very well.”

Dwelling on a smooth sailing victory for Mark Webber might not be a correct strategy for Red Bull, solving its own problem might be…

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