Red Bull drivers questioning nose changes
13 May 2012 – Both Red Bull drivers pitted for new nose cones in the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon. Mark Webber was the first, dropping way down the field before fighting back to 11th place, before Sebastian Vettel also took on a new part. The World Champion was then able to fight back up to sixth place.
“It was difficult race and a hard day in the office,” Vettel began. “I’m not entirely happy, we could have finished maybe one position higher up, but we had a good recovery in the end…I don’t know what the problem was when we had to change the nose of the car; I wasn’t sure if I had damage or something stuck at the front – maybe a piece of rubber or something. I tried another lap, but it wasn’t the right thing to do, so we decided to come in and change the nose to make sure.”
Vettel also lost time when, like Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, he had to take a drive-through penalty for ignoring yellow flags. Webber fought to pass Nico Hülkenberg’s Force India but was unable to seize the final points position.
“It was an interesting race and a difficult first lap,” said the Australian. “I don’t know where I got damage to my front wing, but I had to pit for a new nose. I lost a lot of time with that – and on the few laps before when it started playing up. We had to pit and when you’re out of position here it’s tough – you have to look after your tyres and when you catch people your tyres get killed, so it’s chicken and egg.”
A possible cause of the front wing problems was the accident between Michael Schumacher and Bruno Senna, which left debris scattered on-track at Turn 1.