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.”