Red Bull's Christian Horner has explained that the issue that almost destroyed Sergio Perez' race in Bahrain hadn't been before.
Perez, making his debut with the team in Bahrain, crawled to a halt on the formation lap as his car encountered a technical problem.
Managing to get the car going again, the Mexican came back to the pits to start his race from last place. He went on to finish in fifth place after a strong recovery drive.
"It was an electrical issue," Christian Horner confirmed on Red Bull's Talking Bull podcast.
"I think we've started to understand it. So we need to address that, obviously, in time for the next race in Imola, but, you know, [it was] a frustrating gremlin that we haven't seen before."
Perez earned praise from Red Bull's Paul Monaghan for calmly stopping, without radio communication, and restarting the car. Luckily, this approach cleared the issue, with the car running faultlessly after that.
Horner echoed the sentiment of the engineer, praising Perez for a strong weekend overall.
"A great presence of mind with him to reboot the car and get it going again," Horner said.
"Ctrl, Alt Delete, and away you go again. I think that his recovery drive thereafter was fantastic. He was very decisive in his overtaking and had great pace. And to come from the back of the field was a great performance."
Asked whether his new signing had come out of the experience more confident, Horner said: "Very much. That's the most sustained seat time he's had in the car since joining the team, obviously, very limited amount of preseason testing for all the drivers this year. So for him to get that mileage was fantastic."