Shock for Vettel as RB6 nose comes loose

Sebastian Vettel had a nasty moment at the end of morning practice in Silverstone when the entire nose of his car came loose and tipped forward, leaving the front wing dragging along the ground

The incident happened on the approach to the high speed new righthander at Abbey, and fortunately the German was able to run wide across the run-off area. Unaware of what happened he told the team that he’d just lost steering, and was told to return to the pits.

The team had done a ‘hot swap’ – ie a fast nose change – earlier in the session, but that was some time before it came loose. The nose is held on by four screws at the top and side which are tightened by mechanics before the car goes out. After the session Adrian Newey and the team engineers spent some time examining the front of the car.

“It’s a bit of a strange one,” said team boss Christian Horner.

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One response to “Shock for Vettel as RB6 nose comes loose

  1. Fulveo Ballabeo

    New nicknames are in order for RBR’s principles:

    – Marko: The Emporer With No Clothes On, for his hypocrisy.
    – Horner: Baghdad Bob, for his propaganda flying in the face of the oh-so-obvious truth.

    Unfortunately for both, actions speak louder than words.

    Vettel should be ashamed and RBR embarrassed for their unfair and unnecessary behavior.

    Red Bull presumably spends millions on F1 to build its brand, cultivate fans (aka- customers), and sell more product. What good will an F1 title serve these interests if Red Bull actively disenfranchises customers with a brand that stands for unsporting behavior?

    There is nothing wrong with RB’s investment in Seb. Indeed, it would make all of their lives easier if they would just say what the rest of the world already knows. Pretending otherwise is insulting.

    Until then, Red Bull: LET THEM RACE!

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