Vettel must race ‘Webber-spec’ exhaust in Bahrain

Tue, 17 April 2012, 03:35

Apr.17 (GMM) Sebastian Vettel’s 2012 struggle looks set to continue for now.

It has emerged that, despite the reigning back-to-back champion preferring the launch version of the RB8, Red Bull has decided that Vettel will drive the latest specification of the car’s exhaust layout in Bahrain this weekend.

In China, the team allowed Vettel to go back to the previous spec, while Mark Webber qualified better and finished higher with Adrian Newey’s latest developments.

“He can’t get the confidence he needs with the car,” admitted Dr Helmut Marko on Austrian Servus TV, “and this makes him make uncharacteristic mistakes.”

Nonetheless, Red Bull has decided that the ‘Webber-specification’ exhaust is the right way forward.

“We will go on with the Mark Webber car,” Marko confirmed.

As for why the team’s Australian driver feels more comfortable in the updated car, Marko surmised: “Mark is less sensitive to the (car’s) behaviour.

“He just needs four wheels, but it’s different for Vettel,” he said.

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