'Hugely disappointing' end for Red Bull
9 September 2012 – Both Red Bulls retired from the Italian Grand Prix – something which had not happened since the Korean event of 2010, 34 races ago. As Sebastian Vettel suffered another alternator failure and Mark Webber damaged his tyres in a spin, it was a ‘hugely disappointing’ end for the Champions, as per the title of their post-race press release.
The result means McLaren, who have bitten into Red Bull’s leading advantage by 25 points, are now only 29 points ahead with a maximum of 303 still up for grabs.
“I found out I had a problem roughly 300 metres before I stopped,” Vettel said. “The drive-through incident was decided and happened, so there’s not so much to say about that. We lost some points today, but we did the best we could – you could see that our pace was not as strong as the leaders. It had been a good race for us given the lack of pace. There are not so many long straights at the next couple of circuits, so we can challenge there.”
Webber, with a major lack of grip, ended his race in the pit lane.
“I had no rear tyres left and I was pushing reasonably hard,” he recalled. “Nico (Rosberg) was coming on his fresh two-stop tyres, so I had to keep pushing and staying on it – for the sake of getting a couple of points, maybe I shouldn’t have pushed as hard, but I was trying to stay on it. The rear tyres were completely finished, so I dropped it out of the Ascari Chicane.
“I managed to keep it off the wall, but then the tyres were so heavily flat-spotted I was worried about damaging the car.”
Sunday was also costly for Red Bull in the Drivers’ Championship, as Kimi Räikkönen has leapfrogged to third overall behind Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton.