Aug.17 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Red Bull is the only team in formula one with a perfect reliability record so far in 2011.
An analysis by Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport shows that the team is not only dominating the drivers’ and constructors’ championships, but its two cars were the only ones in the field to complete the maximum 1,362 laps.
“Over the years it has been said that Adrian Newey’s cars were always fast but not always reliable. Those days are over,” read the analysis.
Team boss Christian Horner is quoted as saying: “We are now better at knowing how to deal with Adrian’s extreme cars.”
If Red Bull can maintain its perfect reliability through to November’s Brazilian finale, it will be the first team in formula one history to do so.
In a surprising second place – with 96 per cent of the total laps complete – is Force India, who source technology from McLaren and race with a Mercedes engine.
Ferrari is third, with Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa completing 89 fewer racing laps than the leading Red Bulls, closely followed by the works McLaren.
Matching McLaren’s 92.6 per cent reliability record is Toro Rosso, followed by Renault, Sauber, Mercedes and Virgin.
Williams’ tenth place represents a reliability record of just 84.2 per cent so far, or 215 fewer laps than Red Bull as Rubens Barrichello and Pastor Maldonado failed to finish a combined 7 races.
HRT and Lotus bring up the rear.