F1 » Webber's race hurt by technical problems

Mark Webber started from second on the grid and promptly went backwards - but the team revealed after the race that his afternoon had been hit by technical gremlins.

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March 18, 2013 8:06 AM

webbers problems were caused by a defective ecu. the one supplied by mclaren and the one which caused problems to many during testing. the ecu caused a loss of all telemetry ( as in testing) and also shut down the kers. so no blame can be attached to webber or to red bull. so all the conspiracy theories by some on this site, are just hogwash. rosbergs loss of electrics was also down to a malfunctioning ecu.

cloudy ahead - Unregistered

March 18, 2013 11:33 AM

Webber did not have ECU failure, but RedBull had computer failure in pits. Mark was quicker than SV in the race once RB turned his systems back on. Neither Mark or SV would have won the race, but MB would have certainly added to SV's competetion, something that RB seem to have a problem with come raceday.


March 18, 2013 11:59 AM

Red Bull initially suspected Webber's problem was caused by a failure of the standard ECU, which is supplied by McLaren Electronic Systems (MES).

However, post-race inspection by MES has pointed to an issue in the garage instead.

Peter van Manen, the managing director of MES, told AUTOSPORT: "There was an issue with Mark Webber's data system in the garage during the formation lap. The ECU on the car was fine.

Alex - Unregistered

March 18, 2013 2:22 PM

cloudy ahead - Unregistered

If i were RB, i would want a quicker Mark, so he can block the Ferrari, Lotus, Merc etc. like what Massa did for Alonso. It makes no sense to hold Mark down or sabotage his chances of a good race.

Mark is actually known on and off the grid for slow starts.


March 18, 2013 7:25 PM

cloudy ahead. red bull did have an ecu problem. the mes supplied software in the car could not communicate with the mes software supplied to red bull. yes, the computer was in the garage, but if the software doesnt work, whos fault is it? MES.
that is why they are saying that they are" working with red bull to resolve the issue". now, if it wasnt their fault, why would they be doing that?

as the telemetry was not being received by the mes software in the garage, the kers could not be activated. got it yet???


March 18, 2013 8:00 PM

Richard, the telemetry being received or not in the garage should not have effected Webber's KERS or his race start.
Maybe RBR was upset not knowing that Webber's KERS was out of order at the start and so couldn't advice him accordingly because of lack of information/data (telemetry).

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