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Vettel retired to save mileage

The German had a torrid race before retiring on L37.
Sunday, June 22, 2014

 

22nd June, 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Sebastian Vettel retired from the Austrian Grand Prix to save mileage.

The quadruple world champion ran into problems on the first lap when he lost drive but it returned on the following lap, though he was a lap down on the race leader.

He later made contact with Esteban Gutierrez which resulted in another pitstop to replace his front wing.

On lap 37 the team made the decision to retire the car to save mileage.

“We stopped because we wanted to save some mileage. We were hoping for a safety car but it wasn’t coming.” Vettel said.

“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 we were able to learn a lot today and it’s good that Daniel got some points for us. It would be bad to say I got used to it, 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.”

Teammate Daniel Ricciardo was frustrated with himself after losing out at the first corner.

“It was frustrating today; it’s never nice going backwards on the first lap.” said the Australian.

“Off the line, it was actually one of our better starts this year, although I think Kevin (Magnussen) on the inside got a better one.”

“I tried to hang around on the outside, which was the wrong thing to do, because you basically lose too much on the exit.”

Though it was the team’s home circuit it didn’t suit Red Bull as they struggle with long straights.

“So I then got swamped on the long straight. We already struggle on the long straights as it is, but even more when you get a poor exit.”

“So I was frustrated with myself and I will have to look if maybe I could have cut to the inside and done anything better.”  

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