Motor racing-Vettel says Red Bull face new problems
Feb 19 (Reuters) - Red Bull's pre-season problems showed little sign of easing in Bahrain testing on Wednesday with four-times world champion Sebastian Vettel managing only 14 laps on the first day.
The Renault-powered team, who did the same number of laps over four troublesome days in last month's first test in Jerez in southern Spain, said a mechanical issue sidelined the German at the Sakhir circuit.
"Obviously we're not happy with where we are now and we have a long way ahead of us," said Vettel in a team statement. "The first gut feeling from the car is OK but we need more running.
"It's not easy to find a quick fix but I think we understand the problems," added the 26-year-old. "We sorted out the issues from Jerez and we were able to do some laps today.
"However, very often you fix one problem and another pops up - which is what happened."
Formula One has a new V6 turbocharged power unit with energy recovery systems this year, replacing the old V8s, and Renault have had more problems than Mercedes and Ferrari in getting their teams up to speed.
"We all knew this year was a massive challenge and we knew it would be difficult. We obviously didn't want this but it is what it is and we are working flat out to solve the problems," said Vettel.
Renault said ahead of the second four-day test of the year that they were making good progress on the faults that had plagued teams in Jerez.