Sebastian Vettel could have undoubtedly posed a threat to the Mercedes AMG Petronas teammates Nico Rosberg or Lewis Hamilton in the Bahrain Grand Prix.
The four-time World Champion never got a chance.
An engine failure put Vettel, who’d qualified third, out before the start of the race.
Understandably, Vettel was less than pleased when speaking with NBCSN’s Will Buxton and noted he had no warning.
“No,” Vettel told NBCSN about whether he had an idea of any issues.
“I felt it first. It was obvious. So I parked the car. I’m here to race, (not talk).”
Ferrari was still able to score second place points with Kimi Raikkonen; however, with Mercedes having scored four podiums out of a possible four attempts (83 total points), Ferrari is languishing in second place with only two podiums and 50 points behind (33 total points).
Intriguingly, Ferrari-powered Haas driver Romain Grosjean sits equal fourth on points, matching Raikkonen’s 18, with Vettel sixth on 15.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo had an open grid spot ahead of him with Vettel’s woes.
“I saw some smoke out of Seb’s car on the warmup lap, and I knew that was his race done. So it put us in fifth, to fourth, and we finished fourth,” Ricciardo told Buxton.