Vettel misses chance to capitalize on Mercedes mistakes once again

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It is strange to think that not one of Red Bull’s three wins in 2014 has been taken by four-time world champion and supposed star driver Sebastian Vettel, with the German once again failing to match teammate Daniel Ricciardo for pace today at Spa.

Ricciardo claimed his third career win at the Belgian Grand Prix, beating Nico Rosberg after the Mercedes driver clashed with teammate and championship rival Lewis Hamilton on the second lap of the race. The Briton eventually had to retire, allowing Rosberg to move into a 29 point lead at the top of the standings.

Vettel did appear to be in the running for the race win at one point, but an uncharacteristic mistake allowed Ricciardo to pass him. He rarely saw his Australian teammate again in the race.

In the end, Vettel was drawn into a frenetic battle for position with Kevin Magnussen, Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso, which he eventually won to come home in fifth place.

Once again though, the defending world champion will be left ruing the fact that it is the driver across the garage and not him who has won today’s grand prix when Mercedes lapsed at the front.

It has now been five races since Vettel’s last podium finish at the Canadian Grand Prix in June.

Toyota victorious in Bahrain on Porsche’s LMP1 swansong

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SAKHIR, Bahrain – Toyota denied Porsche a swansong victory in its final LMP1 appearance in the FIA World Endurance Championship by taking a commanding win in the 6 Hours of Bahrain on Saturday.

Porsche started from pole in the last competitive outing for the three-time Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid car, only to lose out to Toyota’s Sebastien Buemi within the first half an hour of the race.

Porsche lost one of its cars from contention for victory after an errant bollard got stuck underneath Timo Bernhard’s No. 2 entry, leaving Nick Tandy to lead its charge in the No. 1 car.

Tandy moved into the lead just past half distance after a bold strategy call from Porsche to triple-stint the Briton after a fuel-only stop, vaulting him ahead of Anthony Davidson in the No. 8 Toyota.

Tandy’s win hopes were soon dashed when he tangled with a GTE-Am backmarker at Turn 1, sustaining damage that forced Porsche into an unplanned pit stop that put the car a lap down.

With the No. 7 Toyota losing two laps following a clash with a GTE-Pro car earlier on, Davidson, Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima went unchallenged en route to the car’s fifth victory of the season.

Porsche rounded out the podium with its cars, with the No. 2 leading home the No. 1, leaving Toyota’s No. 7 car to settle for P4 at the checkered flag.

Vaillante Rebellion clinched the title in LMP2 after a stunning fightback led by Bruno Senna, with the Brazilian securing his maiden motorsport championship win in the process.

GTE-Pro saw AF Corse complete a hat-trick of titles in 2017, with James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi wining the class’ first world championship recognized by the FIA, while Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda sewed up the GTE-Am title.