Vettel Crashes Out of Austrian GP

By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief

Sebastian Vettel became the victim of a strategic gamble by Ferrari that has led to the four-time champ crashing out of the Austrian Grand Prix.

The German, who turned 29-years-old today, started the race in ninth and made his way up to the lead after many of the frontrunners pitted.

The extended tire strategy came to an end on lap 27 when, while coming down the front straightaway, Vettel’s right rear tire blew out and sent him into the inside wall before coming back across track and to a halt near the entrance of Turn 1, bringing out the safety car.

Vettel, who came into the race third in the Formula 1 championship standings, was heard over the team radio apologizing to his team and adding that there was little more he could do.

“The rear right exploded. Nothing I could do, that’s it. [I’m] sorry guys.”

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Joey Barnes is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Motorsports Tribune. He has covered auto racing since 2013 that has spanned from Formula 1 to NASCAR, with coverage on IndyCar. Additionally, his work has appeared on Racer, IndyCar.com and Autoweek magazine. In 2017, he was recognized with an award in Spot News Writing by the National Motorsports Press Association.

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