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Vettel struggles to finish sixth in Bahrain (VIDEO)

Apr 6, 2014, 2:45 PM EDT

Sebastian Vettel has spoken about his struggles during a difficult Bahrain Grand Prix that saw him finish in sixth place, and lose more ground to the Mercedes drivers in the championship race.

The German driver missed out on Q3 yesterday and started down in tenth place, but a poor start and lack of pace meant that he was never really in the hunt for big points. In fact, sixth was a somewhat fortuitous result for the four-time world champion after a safety car period scuppered Williams’ hopes of a double top-five finish.

“I think it was a busy race today, especially at the end after the safety car, but it’s a shame we couldn’t get further up,” he explained. “Daniel proved that there was a little bit more to get from the car today, I couldn’t really get to that bit, so I’m not so happy with my day.”

Vettel faced the ignominy of being told to allow teammate Daniel Ricciardo past, sparking wry smiles and jokes of “Multi 31″, before being passed on track once again by the Australian driver in the dying stages of the race.

“For some reason we seemed to be really slow on the straights, and not just against the Mercedes,” he said. “Merc has a stronger package, so there’s work ahead of us. It was straight forward with Daniel today, we worked well together as a team and we raced well, but surely I would like to have finished higher up.”

The German driver now trails championship leader Nico Rosberg by 38 points, and will be hoping that the team can rediscover its title-winning form sooner rather than later.

  1. techmeister1 - Apr 6, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    It’s just wonderful to see Seb have car issues each race. Now he knows how Webber felt the past three years. I can only hope the Seb’s car problems last at least three years. He deserves every bit of mechanical problems that he has – and more.

  2. Jeff - Apr 6, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Why does Vettel deserve to have issues?

  3. worknman24hours - Apr 7, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    You know what?

    I don’t think this was a bad race for Vettel.

    He fought like hell to get the car as far up as he could and he deserves a lot of credit for that.

    Anyone else and we would all be saying great job.

    I’ll say it-Great Job Sebastian.

  4. redrock81 - Apr 10, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    The best part of it was Vettel was told on the radio to give way for Ricciardo because he was faster hahahaha

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