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F1 Austrian Grand Prix: More misery for Vettel

Four-time F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel leaves Austrian empty-handed after an engine electrical issue wreaks his race
Sebastian Vettel's wretched season continued in Austria on Sunday when an engine electrical issue dropped him out of contention on the opening lap.

Vettel had made quite a good start and had gained a few places from P12 on the grid, but he soon lost power and then found himself a lap down.

Although the issue then seemed to solve itself, he was left way out of contention and Red Bull later opted to retire him around halfway through, although not before he had rather clumsily ran into the back of Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez, damaging his front wing.

It was Vettel's second DNF from the last three races – and his third of the season, and certainly not the sort of result he or the team would have wanted in their home race.

“We stopped because we wanted to save some mileage,” explained the four-time F1 World Champion. “We were hoping for a safety car but it wasn't coming. Obviously, it has been a bad first half of the season with a few retirements and other problems, but I guess it's part of the game.”

“Equally [though] we were able to learn a lot today and it's good that [my team-mate] Daniel [Ricciardo] got some points for us [and finished eighth, passing Nico Hulkenberg on the final lap],” he continued.

“It would be bad to say I've got used to it [problems like this], but obviously we have had a lot of problems so far already and I got calmer when the problem occurred.

"Our pace looked alright and we were able to go quite far on the soft tyre, but we were a lap down so in the end we decided to save some mileage.”

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner meanwhile confirmed that they have 'yet to understand' what caused Vettel's car to lose power, although Renault have promised to investigate.

“Sebastian suffered an issue with the electronics at the beginning of the race where he was not able to accelerate for 30 seconds,” said Renault's Thierry Salvi.

“The reasons why are still under investigation as everything came back to life shortly afterwards. This failure cost him a lot.

"There's a lot of work to do before Silverstone.”

Related Pictures

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22.06.2014- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10 and Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
22.06.2014- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10 and Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR03
22.06.2014- Race, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX), Sauber F1 Team C33 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
21.06.2014- Free Practice 3, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
21.06.2014- Qualifying, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10

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June 22, 2014 11:42 PM

nickw: While vetted has had the lions share of bad luck so far, it is becoming increasingly obvious, that the question of whether it was vettel or the car over the last four years, is being answered. Even Helmut Marko is saying that Riccardo is able to drive around car problems and vetted cannot. A good driver yes, but even more a fortunate one, for the machinery at his disposal for the last few years.
Seriously???? In that case, all the hoopla about Webber having such bad luck and without it, would have beat SV is utter crap. By your logic, Webber simply couldnt ride qround his problems where as Vettel could! 3 DNF in 7-8 races and obvious mechanical issues and you claim this is proof that Vettel isn't as good as his career results suggest?


June 23, 2014 9:07 AM

bob jane:
ValeRoy: Where is the finger? haha. Kidding aside, There are ups and downs and unfortunately F1 has decided the only way to break RBR reign is implement massive change in rules & regs.
The finger has a bandage on it...
He's handling his woes pretty impressively considering what a clusterf%%k his season is becoming. Showing a lot more class and maturity then a couple of other drivers I could mention.

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