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GP Week : Issue 202
Is there a greater contrast in driver fortunes and results to that which is happening at Red Bull. In one corner, the new boy continues to soar, again outqualifying his champion team-mate and, again, putting his Red Bull into the only podium position available for non-Mercedes cars. Across the garage, the champ can’t take a trick. A change of car hasn’t brought any change in fortune. At least this time the drama was over early on. seb was into the pits on lap three with what turned out to be a turbo boost problem. When he returned to the track a lap or more down, he forlornly reported that “I ’m stuck in first gear ...” For a moment, it sounded like a verbal explosion was brewing but in the end, a simple ‘what can we do?” was answered with a request to pit and retire the car. For the defending champion, 2013 must seem an eon away: "It's disappointing. I had a good start and then we lost boost pressure from the turbo, so I had no power and had to retire. The team did everything they could. I felt quite helpless in the car, so I was asking for an answer of what we could do, but there wasn' t anything at that stage. We fixed some problems yesterday with the eRs, but some more came today with the turbo, but we will move forwards and it will be good for us soon." It was left to Daniel Ricciardo to handle the media questioning after another quality drive: “everyone was trying to do a one stop today; it’s a bit of a weird one, you don’t really push much of the race because, especially after the first pit stop, we still had a long way to go, so you’re in two minds: do I push or do I just try and hold the guy off and get to the end. “By the time we’d got 15/20 laps to go I knew the tyres were going to last so then I could actually start my race, so to speak, and then start to set some quicker times. The team said I was going to catch Lewis, the pace was good so I knew I was eventually going to get on to him. Knowing it’s hard to pass around here, I was just waiting to see what happened but I wasn’t just going to settle for third. Obviously in the end I did but if there was a clean move to be taken then, yeah, I would have taken it.” The role reversal continues 33 GPWEEK.com // 33 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> MONACO PARTNERS: