Dennis hints at Red Bull fuel problem
23 March 2010 – Former McLaren Team Principal Ron Dennis has hinted that Sebastian Vettel's loss of the lead in Bahrain could have been caused by a shortage of fuel as opposed to a faulty spark plug, as the German lost a podium position and finished fourth in the season-opening Grand Prix of 2010 two weekends ago.
With the majority spectators and televisions viewers alike having suspected Vettel's Lap 34 problem at Sakhir to have been a cracked exhaust, Red Bull engine suppliers Renault later diagnosed the issue as a failed spark plug although Dennis is not convinced.
"The lap times dropped so rapidly that one can imagine the Electronic Control Unit (ECU) had switched to a conservative programme in order to save fuel," Dennis is quoted as saying by German publication Express at last week's unveiling of McLaren Automotive's MP4-12C super car.
Furthermore, Ron went on to suggest a flaw in the design of the Red Bull RB6 by former colleague Adrian Newey. "Red Bull's problem could be one of design," the Englishman continued. "Either it has too small a fuel tank or the fuel consumption is higher than expected."