World Champion Sebastian Vettel was left frustrated after retiring from the lead during Sunday’s spectacular European Grand Prix.
The German had built a 20-second lead but a period behind the safety car bunched up the field and soon after the race resumed his alternator failed, ending his grand prix on lap 35.
“It’s s**t, but you can’t change it now,” said the world champion.
“Up to that point we were very strong. I felt happy, we were very quick.”
“I lost drive on the straight down to turn 17 and I had to give way to the other people,” Vettel, who had romped away at the start to build a comfortable lead until the safety car appeared, told the BBC.
“The engine stalled and switched off and there was nothing we could have done. At the moment it’s not clear what exactly was the problem.”
Vettel told Sky that he was philosophical about his retirement and said that he drew comfort from the improved competitiveness of the upgraded RB8 over the weekend.