Red Bull Racing didn’t exactly have the best start to the 2022 season of F1 at the Bahrain Grand Prix. Their recently crowned world champion Max Verstappen was almost close to a podium finish until he had to retire his RB18 in the closing laps of the race. His teammate Sergio Perez was also unable to finish the race either.
The Austrian-based team was plagued with steering and fuel issues. Verstappen who had claimed P2 in the qualifying session on Saturday had managed to keep his second position for quite a lot of the laps on Sunday until gravely struggling with the steering and even describing the entire experience as completely non-steerable.
Mark Hughes had his own feedback on the struggles that Red Bull had to deal with on Sunday. He mentioned how all these challenges they had to face was simply because of themselves. During the two testing sessions held at Barcelona and Bahrain ahead of the first Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit, Red Bull had put forth a pretty calming performance with them deducing the RB18 to be a competitive car until the very final day when they changed a lot of the aspects to the car, like the sidepods and the floor.
Mark Hughes gives his verdict on Red Bull’s RB18 fiasco
Mark Hughes had his own views to share as to what could’ve caused the retirement of the two cars at the Bahrain Grand Prix right before the end of the race. “In such a compressed timeframe there were a few little jobs which were not ticked off which most other teams managed to do,” Hughes mentioned. “One of which was running the car almost dry to see if there were any fuel pick-up problems.”
Red Bull on the other hand has been working really hard since the conclusion of the race on Sunday to ascertain what really caused the car to break down at such a crucial lap. Initially the team had circled o fuel pump issues as being the reason behind the retirement of Verstappen and Perez’s RB18. However, research has made it seemingly evident that fuel pump issues isn’t all there is to it.
The 10 teams will meet again this weekend at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. Hopefully the Austrian-based racing team will be able to delve deep into the issues at hand and tackle them to have a worriless weekend ahead.