Vettel: ‘Sucks being wrong side of the track’ after Singapore crash

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Formula 1 title contender Sebastian Vettel made no secret of his disappointment after being forced to retire from the Singapore Grand Prix on the opening lap following a crash also involving Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen.

Vettel, Verstappen and Raikkonen all collided on the run down to the first corner in slippery conditions, with the damage sustained forcing the trio to retire from the race.

The incident came as a big blow to Vettel’s championship hopes, having started the race from pole and being the favorite to win the race, a result that would have seen him overturn the three-point gap to Lewis Hamilton in the standings.

“It was very short. I had an average start, conservative,” Vettel explained to NBCSN once back in the paddock.

“I saw Max and the next thing I hear was contact. I was still able to carry on. But the damage made us stop. I spun from the damage. Radiator was heavily bent.

“This is racing. It sucks being on the wrong side of the track now.”

MRTI: Telitz gets creative to help racing career

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To say that Belardi Auto Racing’s Aaron Telitz has endured a difficult start to the 2018 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season would be an understatement. The Wisconsin native only completed four corners through the first three races – Races 1 and 2 at St. Petersburg, and Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park – with St. Pete being especially problematic.

He took the pole for Race 1, but a crash during qualifying for Race 2 prevented him from actually starting. What’s more, the damage was so severe that the Belardi team needed a brand new chassis, with Telitz’s Dallara IL-15 damaged beyond repair.

They also had to borrow a car from Carlin for Race 2, but Telitz’s race ended after he got tangled up with Victor Franzoni in Turn 2 on Lap 1.

With the damage bill well into the six figures as a result, Telitz has taken to some unique, or rather, creative ways to raise money in the aftermath to help cover the costs. “Creative,” in this case, meaning Telitz is using his art skills.

An artist in his spare time, Telitz has begun selling his own original paintings to help raise money.

 “I’ve been to a lot of art shows and I see stuff and I go, ‘Holy cow, someone’s going to pay a thousand dollars for that thing?’” Telitz quipped in a story posted on the Milwaukee Journal.

In discussing his artistic abilities, Telitz added, “I’m working at getting better. I’d like to be able to paint some animals, those types of things. I got a request from Alexander Rossi to see if I could paint his dog. Unfortunately I can’t do that yet.”

Further, in a partnership with The Styled Garage, Telitz is selling his own merchandise, and accepting donations, to help his cause.

Telitz finished fourth in Race 2 at Barber on Sunday, and sits seventh in the Indy Lights championship, 59 points behind leader Pato O’Ward.

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