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Webber hit by engine failure

Mark Webber rues an engine issue during Friday practice in Malaysia which affects preparations at Sepang
Mark Webber has seen his preparations for the Malaysian Grand Prix hit by an engine issue during Friday free practice.

Webber's Red Bull ground to a halt during the second session of the day leaving the Australian to watch on from the sidelines.

However, while he admitted to being frustrated by the problem, Webber said he was still confident in the performance of the RB6 from the running he completed earlier in the day.

“It was the engine,” he said. “You never want your Friday disturbed and today's problem cost us quite a bit of track time, but the car felt pretty good in the quick stuff and also at low speeds. It's never ideal to lose an engine, but we did, although it was quite high mileage.

“It's good that [Sebastian] Vettel's up there, but it's where we expected to be, it would have been nice to feel the option tyres today, but we'll have to do that tomorrow.”

While Webber said he was happy with his team-mate finishing sixth in the second session, Vettel himself insisted he wasn't completely happy with how the day had gone – stating that he felt the team needed more pace against its rivals.

“I wasn't 100 per cent happy today, I think we still need to get a little bit quicker,” he said. “The McLarens and the Mercedes look quick and Ferrari have a decent long run pace, so we'll have to see where we are. This circuit is one of the tougher ones here due to the hot and humid conditions.”



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JJJ

April 02, 2010 1:22 PM

The engine must be same one Renault F1 uses, but the packaging can make a great deal of difference. It's possible Red Bull compromised the cooling of the engine for aerodynamic benefit, just like they did two years ago. On this track obviously the engine power is very important, I can remember Williams winning a race with BMW here in I think 02 or 04 in a year when Ferrari won 15 of 18 races. The merc is obviously still the strongest by virtue of the FIA and McLaren have an extra advantage with the aero thingy.

J.E.T - Unregistered

April 02, 2010 12:23 PM

With the amount of problems Red Bull have been having Christian Horner is having a tough time keeping up with the list of problems. I reckon he has a predetermined list he wheels out evertime there is a problem If the car stops, blame Renault. If the car slides off blame Brembo If all else fails blame Champion spark plugs. Red Bull may be a light year ahead of my team Mercedes in terms of speed. But what is the bloody point if the car wont finish? Sort it out boys I want to see Vettel winning.



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