Red Bull Racing ended up with egg all over its face in Abu Dhabi when Sebastian Vettel was sent to the back of the grid when it was found that there was not the mandatory litre of fuel required form sampling. The team argued that Vettel stopped out on the track after Renault engineers saw the fuel pressure dropping and warned the team. The decision was then taken to stop the car. The stewards accepted this argument although rival teams were suspicious that it had all been done to make sure there was enough fuel in the tank. When the tank was checked it was clear that there was insufficient fuel onboard and so Vettel was punished.
The irony of this was that Vettel might have finished the lap with the fuel he had and if the car had not been checked – there is a random selection of the cars involved – he would have kept his grid position and probably won the race on Sunday.
Red Bull blamed Renault, which was probably not the smartest thing to have done as the French company while enjoying the success of Red Bull, is less than happy with the team’s deal with Infiniti, that gets far more coverage when Red Bull wins that Renault does.
Renault has since responded by saying that Renault has checked all the numbers and that these say that there was enough fuel onboard, which means that the fault must lie with the refuelling equipment, which the team supervises.