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.
Gabby Chaves is set to return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Watkins Glen International later this month.
The Columbian-American driver, who last competed in IMSA in 2016 – with the DeltaWing outfit – will sub for the injured Joao Barbosa – he hurt his wrist in a cycling accident earlier in June – in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen.
Chaves will partner Filipe Albuquerque and Christian Fittipaldi in the No. 5 Cadillac.
Chaves expressed gratitude for being asked to fill in, but kept his enthusiasm muted, noting that he is getting the opportunity ultimately because another driver got hurt.
“The first thing is of course that you never want to have an opportunity because someone got hurt, so this is an unfortunate circumstance with Joao having his injury,”said Chaves. “But I appreciate the opportunity to join the championship-leading team. Mustang Sampling Racing has had a strong start this year and hopefully I can help the team continue to have those kinds of results.”
Chaves added, “I love Watkins Glen, it is a great track and I am looking forward to racing the Cadillac Prototype there. I’m excited to be going back to endurance racing. With different classes all racing at the same time, there is a lot for the driver to deal with as you work through traffic. So I am looking forward to racing at the Glen again, and I really appreciate this opportunity with Mustang Sampling Racing.”
Chaves’ most recent IMSA event was the 2016 Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, when he finished seventh in the Prototype class.
The No. 5 Action Express Cadillac currently sits tied with the sister No. 31 Whelen Engineer Racing Cadillac of Eric Curran and Felipe Nasr atop the IMSA standings, though Barbosa’s hopes of a driver’s championship are set to take an enormous hit with him missing Watkins Glen.