According to Autosprint magazine, one theory for Vettel’s early puncture at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix could have been Red Bull’s blown exhaust solution.
“The tyre was not cut (on the kerb) or damaged by debris,” Autosprint noted. “So what happened?”
After the race, Vettel went to the scene of the puncture to conduct his own analysis.
“In three years no one has had a tyre problem there so I wanted to see if there was an obvious cause. There wasn’t,” the German is quoted by Express newspaper.
Autosprint’s theory is that Vettel’s pre-race routine in preparation for the start went awry.
Reportedly, the routine involves hot Renault engine gases from the exhausts of the 2011 Red Bull blowing onto the tyres.
“For some reason – defects in the procedure, the wrong mapping, other circumstances – not everything proceeded as it usually does,” claims Autosprint.
The report concludes that it was the hot gases that damaged the tyre and caused the sudden puncture.