An electrical failure and major damage to the transmission caused the abandonment of Ricciardo and Verstappen, something that did not happen from South Korea in 2010.
It is not a simple start for Red Bull in the Formula One World Championship 2018. In a year where the energetics hoped to be able to fight on equal terms against Mercedes and Ferrari, the Grand Prix of Australia and Bahrain have left several negative records for the Milton Keynes team.
Starting with the kilometers completed in the race, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen are the pilots who have completed the distance with 637. Especially painful was the test in Sakhir, where both cars had to abandon the race before seeing the flag picture.
A situation that was not experienced for eight years in South Korea, where Mark Webber suffered an accident on lap 19 and Sebastian Vettel broke his engine with only 11 left before the end, although in Italy six years ago Vettel suffered a problem with the alternator and Webber drove his car to the garage after asking the team to run out of tires for a spin in Ascari.
In this occasion, the double abandonment in the Persian Gulf was due to an electrical failure in the RB14 of Ricciardo and the important damages that presented the transmission of the Verstappen car after his touch with Lewis Hamilton.
An action that Hamilton described as immature and assholes before the podium ceremony in Bahrain and that Verstappen wanted to detract from all importance in Ziggo Sport: “You’re out of the car, those things can happen, you’re full of adrenaline. I thought it was a good opportunity, our car was going great, so I did not want to stay behind, I knew we had a very good car for the race, so I knew we were going to be able to fight with them. ”
“I think that everything is going reasonably well in general, the situation is better than last year, that’s for sure, but yes, it’s not ideal,” the Australian acknowledged after the Bahrain test. The first opportunity to reverse this phase will be this week on the occasion of the Chinese Grand Prix 2018.