Sebastian Vettel has explained how he “felt helpless” after suffering from a turbo boost failure during the early stages of the Monaco Grand Prix, which led to his first retirement around the principality since 2009. Whilst Christian Horner offered his apologies to the reigning Champion, his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo once again impressed with a competitive drive to third behind the Mercedes duo.
During the all-important qualifying hour on Saturday, Vettel’s woes began with ERS issues plaguing his RB10 throughout the session. Although his mechanics were unable to find an immediate fix for Vettel, the German still managed to propel himself to an impressive fourth position on the grid alongside Ricciardo.
Once the five red lights went out at the start of the 78-lap race, Vettel catapulted himself ahead of his team-mate into third, while the Australian dropped to fifth with Kimi Raikkonen splitting the duo.
However, once the safety car had been deployed following Sergio Perez’s incident with Jenson Button at Mirabeau, Vettel began to plummet through the order with an issue plaguing his RB10.
Having returned to the pits way down in 20th position and rejoining the action a lap down the order, the German’s race engineer instructed him to return to the pits to retire the car.
Although the reigning Champion naturally vented his frustration via the team radio, he explained how he ultimately felt helpless after continuing to endure the worst start to a season since way back in 2008 when he was competing with Toro Rosso.
“It’s disappointing,” explained a dejected Sebastian Vettel. “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.”
After once again finishing on the podium for a second consecutive race, Daniel Ricciardo has leapfrogged ahead of his team-mate in the Drivers’ Championship with the German enduring his second retirement of the season after the Australian Grand Prix.
Due to another competitive result from Nico Hulkenberg, the German has also risen ahead of his fellow countryman in what has been a stark contrast in fortunes for the Milton Keynes-based outfit since last season.
Despite the frustrating weekend around the Monte-Carlo street circuit, Sebastian Vettel will be looking to somehow bounce back next time out in Canada as Red Bull remains optimistic in their quest to catch the dominant Silver Arrows.
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