Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel cut a forlorn figure after he slipped from second to fifth at the Bahrain Grand Prix, finishing behind his 21-year-old team-mate Charles Leclerc.
The German star qualified second on the grid, and even moved up to lead the race after the first corner.
But after lap five, he was passed again by his team-mate. Sebastian Vettel’s race just got worse from there, as an issue with his tyres ended his challenge for the lead.
On lap 38, he span while tussling with position with Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton, and was forced to pit to change tyres. Just a few corners later, on his way to the out, his front wing exploded under the car due to the tyre issue, and he was made to crawl back to the pit lane.
As his team-mate finished third, the four-time world champion ended up a disappointing fifth.
Speaking to Formula One: Paddock Pass after the race, Vettel’s displeasure was clear to see.
“I think it’s very clear that if you start at the front but don’t finish at the front, you can’t be happy,” he said. – “I struggled with grip overall. Especially on the soft tyres, it was really poor, I’m not sure why, to be honest. With the medium it was a bit better. But overall, a tricky day and then losing a lot of ground with the spin. I need to have a look at when I lost the rear quite quickly and I was surprised. After that, it was very tricky. It felt as if there was a little bit of damage, maybe I did touch I’m not sure, but there was certainly vibration in the tyres with the spin.” – Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel concluded.