F1 » Brembo: Vettel retirement not due to brakes

OFFICIAL: Sebastian Vettel retired from the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday after the 'torque drive between the front left axle and wheel was lost'.

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James Montgomery

March 30, 2010 3:25 PM

Does it really matter if it was a brake problem or torque issue or a loose wheel nut??

The simple fact is that is 2 races that Vettel has been on pole and what has he got to show for it? 12 points and "knackered balls" !

localsavage - Unregistered

March 30, 2010 3:36 PM

The important part of the statement " was not caused by the braking system supplied by Brembo" It does not say that it was not part of the barke system just not the part supplied by Brembo. I think that they didn't appreciate being thrown under the bus.

Alan D - Unregistered

March 30, 2010 4:36 PM

I don't know what the torque drive is. Is it a part of the engine system supplied by Renault? Is it an off-the shelf part?

If Vettel's failures have been due to faulty spark plug and faulty off-the-shelf component then maybe he is just unlucky, it could have happened to anyone, and over the course of the season it will level itself out.

If they were both engine failures then it is bad news for the Renault engine but again maybe he was just unlucky.

If it was the result of the Red Bull design, e.g. parts overheating due to routing of exhausts etc, then its seriously bad news for Red Bull and not easily fixed.

Andy - Unregistered

March 30, 2010 5:17 PM

After watching the race and replays of Vettel's crash, it didn't look as if it was a brake failure, the wheels didn't seem to turn in when he turned the wheel - so I would suspect some sort of suspension or steering rack problem - perhaps linked to their adjustable ride height system.


March 30, 2010 5:47 PM

The way i read that statement is that the failure was between the rotor and the wheel, IE any of the connections to the hub, hence the reference to the wheel nut being correctly tightened.
I am not sure how these parts are, anyone have a drawing??
So the drive pin ???

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