Red Bull have confirmed it was a fuel system vacuum issue that caused both Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez to retire late on in the Bahrain Grand Prix.
The team looked to be heading towards a healthy amount of points during the first grand prix of the 2022 season before failures to both Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez‘s car meant they ended point-less.
Reigning World Champion Verstappen looked to be in with a chance of a race win having been the only driver able to get close to race leader Charles Leclerc. However, with four laps to go he was forced to retire having also battled steering issues.
Perez meanwhile spun out on Turn 1 after his car ran out of power.
The team have now identified the problem ahead of this weekend’s Saudi Arabia Grand Prix and said it was a fuel system issue which caused the dual retirement.
“Both cars suffered from a lack of fuel pressure last weekend,” said a spokesman for the team, as reported by f1i.com.
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“The correct amount of fuel was in both cars, but a vacuum prevented the pumps from drawing fuel and delivering it to the engine.
“We’ve taken the necessary steps to correct this issue and we expect no problems this weekend.”
With the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix coming just a week after Bahrain, Red Bull have been working hard to fix the issue in time but in doing so, they broke curfew on Wednesday night.
An FIA statement released on Friday said members of the team were at the track past the allocated time allowed.
“Last Wednesday team personnel of the Oracle Red Bull Racing team, who are associated with the operation of the car, were within the confines of the circuit during the thirteen hour period which commenced at 23:00 on 23 March, 42 hours before the scheduled start time of P1 and ends 29 hours before the scheduled start time of P1 at 12:00 on 24 March,” it read.
“This was the first of the eight individual exceptions permitted for the Oracle Red Bull Racing team during the 2022 Formula One Championship season and therefore no action should be taken.”
The team now appear to have the issue fixed and will be aiming to score their first points of the season in the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix on Sunday.