BAHRAIN BECKONS Sebastian Vettel (STR2B-04) Retired "I started to have difficulty shifting gear and with the power steering. And then the back end caught fire as I pulled over to stop, which can sometimes happen when everything is overheating.
"I started to have difficulty shifting gear and with the power steering. And then the back end caught fire as I pulled over to stop, which can sometimes happen when everything is overheating. Up to that point I was having a reasonable race. In the first stint, I had too much understeer and some graining on the tyres. The second stint was much better."
"I made a good start, but then I found myself stuck between two gears. Then I got as far as Turn 4 where I was being passed on the right and then in Turn 5 I found myself on the inside with someone alongside me and by Turn 6 I was back on the outside and when I tried to turn to the right, I ended up on the dirty side and the car snapped away from me and I spun into the gravel. And so my race was over."
"Not a great weekend for us and even practice did not go the way we would have liked. Then, on the opening lap we lost Bourdais. On his first set, Vettel had too much understeer, but still showed a reasonable pace until he stopped with a problem we have yet to investigate. On the positive side, the two Red Bull Racing cars finished and obviously we will get the benefit of this later in the season."
-credit: toro rosso