Jun 30, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT
Sebastian Vettel looked to be on the cusp of his second victory at Silverstone with eleven laps left in the race, enjoying a sustained 3 second lead over Nico Rosberg in P2, but his luck ran out as a loss of drive forced him to pull over and retire from the race.
Vettel had taken the lead early on after Lewis Hamilton suffered a spectacular tire failure, allowing the Red Bull to pull ahead and keep a steady gap to Rosberg. However on lap 41, Vettel lost fifth gear and suffered a loss of drive, forcing him to pull over and retire from the race on the main straight to the delight of the British fans.
This marks Vettel’s first race without points and first DNF since the 2012 Italian Grand Prix, where he suffered an alternator failure along Monza’s pit straight, bringing to an end a superb run of results for the defending world champion.
The other impact of this DNF is that the championship tightens up once again. Vettel did look set to extend his lead in the drivers’ championship beyond the 40-point barrier had he won the race, but instead, Fernando Alonso cuts his lead to a reduced (yet still sizeable) 21 points.This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!
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