MONZA, Italy, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Engine suppliers Renault
apologised to Formula One champions Red Bull at the Italian
Grand Prix on Sunday after the team failed to score a point in a
race for the first time since 2010.
Double world champion Sebastian Vettel rolled to a halt with
what was diagnosed as an alternator failure - the same problem
that denied the German a victory in Valencia in June when he
started on pole.
Australian Mark Webber retired after inflicting too much
damage on his tyres to continue safely. The last time Red Bull
drew such a blank was in South Korea in October 2010.
"We changed the alternator on Sebastian's car yesterday, but
unfortunately we had the same failure in today's race," said
Renault engineer Cyril Dumont.
"We are still looking into why this happened, but we do know
that even though the alternator was being operated entirely
within the prescribed range, the part itself overheated and shut
off the power supply.
"We have to apologise to Red Bull Racing as clearly this has
hurt us in the Championship. We have no option but to sort it
out, and it will still be a priority before Singapore," he
Vettel, now fourth in the championship and 39 points off the
lead after starting the day second, said he knew he had a
problem about 300 metres before the car stopped when his pit
wall told him to pull over immediately to save the engine.
He had by then already collected a drive-through penalty for
forcing Ferrari's championship onto the grass and gravel at
Team principal Christian Horner said the two failures had
been extremely costly, even if Red Bull still led the
constructors' standings by 29 points from McLaren, with seven
"Very disappointing but we need to work with Renault to try
and understand it and make sure it doesn't happen again," he
"Sebastian did nothing wrong. He drove as hard as he could
and this circuit unfortunately exposes our weakness."
(Editing by Matt Barker)