Turbo problems cause Vettel retirement

By on Sunday, May 25, 2014
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Sebastian Vettel suffered his second retirement of the season following turbo issues at the Monaco Grand Prix.

Vettel held third place across the opening couple of laps but soon slowed and was forced to abandon his RB10.

"It’s disappointing," he said. "I had a good start and then we lost boost pressure from the turbo, so I had no power and had to retire. The team did everything they could. I felt quite helpless in the car, so I was asking for an answer of what we could do, but there wasn’t anything at that stage.

"We fixed some problems yesterday with the ERS, but some more came today with the turbo, but we will move forwards and it will be good for us soon.

Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo was one of the primary beneficiaries and finished in third.

"The race really came to life towards the end," he said.

"It started off not so well and it’s a really short run to Turn 1, so that was frustrating. Then we got Seb due to his reliability and Kimi [Raikkonen] had a puncture and we sort of got back to where we were hoping to be. After the re-start we were just saving the tyres to the point that we could get to the end and then, with 20 laps to go, I thought they would be okay so I pushed.

"It was the first time in the whole race that I felt like I was really driving the car and we caught Lewis. It was fun but I couldn’t get him, so I have to say the race finished better than it started."

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