Sebastian Vettel loses out after car failure (VIDEO)

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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.

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Video highlights from Stage 12 of Dakar Rally, 2 stages remain

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Thursday’s Stage 12 of the 40th Dakar Rally not only closed the overall standings gap in at least two classes (cars and trucks), two other classes (bikes and quads) failed to get going due to weather conditions.

The full video highlights of Stage 12 will air on NBCSN on Friday at 7 pm ET, but here are some of the highlights from Thursday’s action:

CARS

2018 Dakar Rally: Nasser Al-Attiyah wins Stage 12 of cars

BIKES

 Stage 12 cancelled due to weather conditions

 

TRUCKS

Ton van Genugten edged out Martin Kolomy in Stage of, while Federico Villagra and Eduard Nikolaev both faced an uphill battle to finish fourth and third respectively.

QUADS

Even though the Quads were also impacted by weather issues on Thursday, Ignacio Casale, the 2014 Dakar winner, continues to make his case for a second overall victory in the quads.