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.”

Dakar Rally video highlights from the concluding Stage 14

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EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. ET and Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

The 40th Dakar Rally is now history.

Nearly 550 competitors began the early 5,600-mile long race 15 days ago and concluded Saturday.

As we’ve done throughout the Rally, here are some key video highlights from NBCSN’s coverage of the Rally:

TRUCKS

CARS

QUADS

 

MOTORCYCLES