The three-week gap until the next Grand Prix in Turkey is crucial, giving teams up and Red Bull hopes to have its mercurial KERS units fixed before the Turkish GPdown the grid the first real opportunity to get their first major in-season upgrades onto their 2011 cars.

And this couldn’t be more apparent in the Red Bull Racing camp, which – despite enjoying a 20-point lead in the Constructors’ Championship and with Sebastian Vettel having won two of the three races to-date – has battled with the reliability of its KERS units.

More problems with Vettel’s KERS unit saw him make a poor start from pole at the Chinese Grand Prix, while Vettel and team-mate Mark Webber continued to experience intermittent performance using the energy-recovering device.

Team boss Christian Horner has pledged that his team will have the issued resolved in the three-week break from racing.

“We need to improve it and have got three weeks to make sure we have it available on every lap of the races,” he told the BBC.

Meanwhile, the team’s chief designer Adrian Newey has confessed that KERS is proving “a headache” for the team, with the ongoing problems with clearly marking it as the RB7’s Achilles Heel.

Newey – a well-known detractor of KERS’ reintroduction to the sport – told Austria’s Laola1 website: “The integration of KERS with the [aerodynamics and ]other systems is the biggest problem.

“For an independent team like us it is a headache.”

And not one that an aspirin would cure either, it would seem…

[Original image via LAT]

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.