Sebastian Vettel leaves in lap eight


( – For the second time after Sochi Sebastian Vettel had to give up a race in the 2019 Formula 1 season. The Ferrari driver retired in the eighth round at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) with suspension damage. (Formula 1 2019 in the live ticker!)

Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel had a pretty short race in Austin zoom

Even before, it was anything but round for the four-time World Champion: From the second starting place went into the race, he was cashed directly at the start of Max Verstappen (Red Bull). Only a few corners later, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton pulled past him on the outer track.

In the hairpin in front of the back straight also teammate Charles Leclerc drove past Vettel apparently without any problems. He tried again to counter, although in turn 12 there might have been a minimal touch of his front wing with the rear tire of Leclerc. He radioed the team that he had terrible understeer. It had Vettel touched in the starting lap no other vehicle.

He also fell behind Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo back and blocked repeatedly the front tires when braking.

Behind the McLaren and the Renault, the Ferrari with the start number 5 seemed to be stabilizing when exit curve 8 suddenly broke the right rear suspension on the bump just before the top.

Vettel parked the Ferrari SF90 without triggering a virtual or real safety car. Whether it has already started with angeklackster suspension, it is necessary to analyze. If so, the question arises as to whether he has already damaged the car in qualifying.

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