However he will avoid a second consecutive grid penalty as his Red Bull RB9 does not require a new gearbox or engine. The Aussie retired from the last race in Korea after being by Adrian Sutil at the third turn.
The collision punctured an oil radiator which resulted in his car catching fire. With marshals responding slowly to the flames, the left-hand side of his engine was left charred and caused irreversible damage to his chassis.
He is quoted by ESPN saying: “It’s a new car,” he said. “The engine and gearbox were fine, it’s just a new chassis. It was actually damaged more by the impact that the fire, because the crash structure [at the rear of Sutil's car] was quite strong.”
Discussing the response from the marshals in Korea he said: “I’m used to bush fires in Australia, so it was fairly straightforward. I used the extinguisher in the car but that didn’t do it, the marshals had zero English so I couldn’t talk to them … what more could I do? I couldn’t blow it out.”
It was yet another dose of bad luck for the Aussie although he doesn’t believe his exit in Korea can be blamed on his team: “I don’t think Korea can be blamed on any technical issues. Obviously we got the puncture, which was the first issue with Perez’s failure and then we had to pit again, we were out of position and Sutil creamed me at the hairpin. That was it really.”
However, he did admit that the amount of technical issues that he has had is “surprising” for a championship winning team like Red Bull Racing: “There has been quite a few challenging technical issues, which have been difficult to address. And given that we’re in quite a stagnant state of technical advancement, we’re not exactly in the era of pushing the boundaries, there has been quite a few that have slipped through the net. And that’s a bit surprising for a few of us.”
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