Vettel's hybrid defect clarified: It battles the isolation
(Motorsport-Total.com) – Ferrari has found the cause of the defect in Sebastian Vettel in Sochi: “We had a Direct on the hybrid side of the Energy Unit,” says team boss Mattia Binotto. “We lost the insulation in the car and for safety reasons we had to stop the car immediately.”
That means that Vettel's car was under power. Normally this does not present any danger to the driver, but when getting out there is a risk of electric shock if the driver touches both the car and the ground at the same time. That's why Vettel jumped out of the car after his exit, instead of droping out novel.
Until the pit lane it would not have been far, but Vettel should park his car as fast as possible. As a result, he came to a standstill in the run-off zone and triggered the virtual safety-Automotive, the Ferrari drove the race. “It's a pity,” says Binotto, “but it's the safest thing we could have done for Seb, safety first.”
“We did not know exactly how the condition of the Cars is, “the team boss continued.
Vettel himself could laugh despite the off, because when he is asked about the possible consequences of the defect, he mimics electro-shock noises – much to the amusement of the present Journalists.
Laughing Ferrari may not have been due to the consequences but not. And theoretically, a defect in the engine often has other consequences, because parts have to be changed prematurely and threaten penalties
This fear can take Binotto before the race in Japan but: “Presumably, the control unit for the power electronics broke down, but we still have one of them, “says the Italian. A punishment is therefore “not planned, we just use the other one.”