Lewis Hamilton says he is gutted for his Mercedes team after the Brit retired for the first time in 2013.
Hamilton made a strong start from third place on the grid but made contact with Sebastian Vettel, sustaining a puncture.
Hamilton returned to the circuit with new tyres but the damage on his Mercedes was significant enough to force him out of the race.
“I got a fantastic start this afternoon, better than both Red Bulls for probably the first time this year,” he said.
“Mark [Webber] moved right, so I had to move as well, which sandwiched Sebastian [Vettel] between me and Romain [Grosjean].
“Seb’s front wing clipped my right rear, cut the tyre and that was that. It wasn’t his fault at all, just one of those things that wasn’t meant to be this afternoon.”
“I feel most gutted for the team – the guys here at the track and in the factory – because they are doing an amazing job right now and we’re just not getting the reward for it.”
Hamilton insists that he is still gunning for second in the Constructors’ championship behind Red Bull.
“Looking to the last four races, I will just be going out there to enjoy them and score as many points as I can for the team. I still believe that second in the Constructors’ Championship is in our reach if our luck takes a turn for the better and that’s what we will all be aiming for.”