Webber: Still nerves over Red Bull reliability
18 November 2012 – Mark Webber believes Red Bull should be apprehensive about reliability following another alternator failure in the US. The Australian was running third when he was forced to retire from the race in which the team won the Constructors’ Championship.
Although Sebastian Vettel’s collection of 18 points for second position was enough to seal the teams’ title, the German is still fighting in the drivers’ race with one event to go.
“In the end, it was the alternator again,” Webber explained in Austin, having handed a podium position to Vettel’s rival Fernando Alonso. “That meant we lost the batteries, the KERS, our gearbox synchronisation and so on. I knew I was in trouble.
“It’s disappointing when you lose such a good result, both for myself and the team, and there are now more nerves about our reliability, for sure.”
Earlier in the season, Vettel lost an almost certain victory through alternator failure in Valencia and both cars dropped out of the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.