Red Bull has suffered yet another fuel sensor failure during practice for this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix, compounding the team’s problems that have blighted its progress so far this season.
In a new regulation introduced for the 2014 season, teams are restricted to a maximum fuel flow of 100kg/h, and Red Bull fell foul of this rule at the Australian Grand Prix which led to Daniel Ricciardo’s disqualification. The team stringently denied that it had broken this rule, and instead blamed the FIA sensors. As a result, an appeal hearing will be held in Paris on April 14th, but the team has since suffered from more problems.
As NBCSN’s Will Buxton explains in this video, the team has suffered from more bad luck this weekend, but these incidents are restricted to the Renault engines only. The team has met with the FIA and agreed on a contingency plan in the event of a sensor failure.
British youngster Dan Ticktum took a dramatic victory in the 64th Macau Grand Prix on Sunday after the leading two cars crashed out at the final corner on the last lap of the race.
In an incident-packed race that saw front-row starters Joel Eriksson and Callum Ilott clash early on amid a litany of Full Course Yellows, Brazilian racer Sergio Sette Camara was able to move into the lead ahead of Ferdinand Habsburg and Maximilian Günther.
Günther’s pace dropped off in the closing stages as he struggled to keep his tires alive, causing a train of cars to form up behind him including McLaren youngster Lando Norris and the Red Bull-backed Ticktum.
Ticktum pulled off a brilliant double-pass on Norris and Günther around the outside of Lisboa to move up to third, with Sette Camara and Habsburg dueling for position right the way to the finish.
Habsburg attempted a brave pass around the outside of the Mandarin kink, but was forced to wait until the penultimate straight before he got a tow and was able to pass for the lead.
Drama then struck when both Habsburg and Sette Camara ran wide and crashed into the wall exiting the final fast right-hander by their own accord, paving the way for Ticktum to charge through to victory.
Norris and Ralf Aron benefited from the crashes to score second and third place respectively, while Habsburg was able to get to the checkered flag in fourth on three wheels.