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F1 Update: Red Bull Renault’s Sebastian Vettel Is Out Of Spare Engines

Posted in FIA, Formula 1, Newsworthy, Racing by Kurt Ernst | October 28th, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

Vettel In Bahrain at the start of the 2010 season. Photo: Andrew Griffith

Just in case the 2010 F1 driver’s title chase wasn’t enough of a nail-biter, Autoevolution brings us news that Sebastian Vettel, currently fourth in points, is out of new spare engines for the duration of the 2010 season. His motor options are limited to two high mileage Renault motors, unless the driver is willing to take a ten position grid penalty. The motor that failed at last weekend’s Korean Grand Prix was considered to be in relatively good condition prior to the start of the race, having run just 994 miles. Projected life of the Renault F1 motor is approximately 1,305 miles.

That’s extremely good news for Mark Webber, Vettel’s Red Bull teammate, who still has a fresh spare motor available if needed. It’s also good news for title contenders Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton; neither Alonso’s Ferrari nor Hamilton’s McLaren Mercedes has been as fast as the Red Bull cars in late season competition, so it will take a bit of luck for either driver to win this year’s championship. It appears to be Mark Webber’s title to win or lose, but my money is still on Alonso as this year’s F1 champ.

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