Red Bull still ironing out reliability issues

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SEBASTIAN Vettel had to cut short his race simulation in Barcelona on Wednesday after the new Red Bull RB9 stopped out on track.

After posting the fourth fastest time on the first day of the test on Tuesday, the world champion brought out the red flags when a drop in pressure called for the team to stop the car.

While they admitted it was a minor problem, it cost then 45 minutes out on the track. Their progress was slowed on Tuesday too with a software problem.

But Vettel said that he’d much rather the car break down during testing than in the race. He still went on to post the second fastest time of the day behind McLaren’s Sergio Perez.

Vettel said: “We had some issues with reliability today and we couldn’t do as many laps as we wanted, but I think it’s better that this kind of thing happens today rather than in Australia.”

“It was nothing disastrous, just small things that hampered us today. We stopped the car once as we saw a small loss of pressure. The second stop towards the end of the day caused a red flag and it simply took too much time to turn everything around, so we couldn’t get out again.

“It is good to back in Barcelona. It is a good circuit to judge a car on and a good indicator of where you are but we need to be careful of doing that as it’s pretty cold at the moment and it’s quite tough to keep the tyres alive for many laps.”

Mark Webber is taking over testing duties for the remaining two days of the Barcelona test.