What's Wrong with Red Bull?
So far, Red Bull have messed it up.
Seven races in, they have had a car qualify in pole position every time. Despite this, they have only three victories this season.
So why does it keep going wrong? Is it just bad luck?
Here's a brief summary of the season so far.
The season didn't start well for Red Bull due to reliability issues. Vettel lost out after starting first due to a faulty spark plug in Bahrain. Webber got stuck in the chasing pack and could do little to progress.
Reliability issues also blew Red Bull's chances in Australia. They proved they were fastest in qualifying, but blew the race. Vettel led for 20 laps until one of his wheels seemed to work loose. Webber tussled with Hamilton and finished ninth after spinning out.
Malaysia saw Red Bull overcome reliability issues and take a one-two victory. They proved that they could do it.
In China, things didn't go so well. Poor conditions and poor judgement saw a one-two on the grid converted to a sixth and eighth finish.
Red Bull weren't quick enough in the wet and mistakes and stupidity cost them. Vettel tussling with Hamilton in the pit lane was an unnecessary distraction and did nothing to aid the Red Bull cause.
They failed to pick the right tires. The conditions were hard to judge as they were changing quickly. This is probably a case of Red Bull being unlucky, but others did manage to make the right calls.
Things looked good in Monaco and Spain with Webber managing two pole-to-pole wins. Vettel gained a place one race and lost one in the other finishing second and third.
This was the type of consistency Red Bull had been dying for. There were no major issues and the cars got home safely, stalling Button's title charge in the process.
At the Turkish Grand Prix, Webber and Vettel managed to crash into each other. This let Hamilton and Button through and sent Vettel out of the race.
Vettel was faster at the time and was looking to push on with the race. Fair enough. However, he flicked his car into Webber's when there was no need to.
He had track position and ended his own race and nearly Webber's as well.
Reliability issues were the problem early in the season. However, these were only a problem in the first two races. Since then poor judgement has cost Red Bull.
Poor tire choice, crashing into each other, and fighting in the pit lane has cost them dearly.
They have proved their cars have what it takes after some impressive wins. Maybe it is the team who have the problem.
Webber and Vettel colliding on the track simply isn't good enough. McLaren managed to race without taking each other out, although they came close.
Vettel was involved in a childish and dangerous dispute in the pit lane. This is symptomatic of Red Bull's season. They are making hard work of a relatively simple chance.
The added pressure of being favorites clearly isn't helping them. There are more nerves when you're expected to win. Red Bull are clearly showing them.
Reliability issues early in the season aren't uncommon, but the lack of consistency since then is far more of an issue.
Their problems have made the season tighter by allowing other teams to stay close points-wise and catch up speed-wise. If they don't pick it up, Red Bull could lose out.
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