4-time world champ Sebastian Vettel was forced to quit in the middle of the Monaco Grand Prix when his car lost power on lap four, then failed to get out of 1st gear during lap 7. Officials finally put up a line of blue flags on lap 8 and told him to return to the pit and retire.
Vettel, who won nine races in a row during 2013, has only managed to be on the podium once this year after coming in 3rd in the Malaysia Grand Prix in March. The main problem seems to be due to constant problems with his car ever since it was modified to meet new F1 rules. Before going into what was his 100th race driving for Red Bull, the 26-year old German driver was 4th in point standings behind Mercedes master Lewis Hamilton by 55 points.
Hamilton, who won the last 4 races for Mercedes this year, ended up second behind teammate Nico Rosberg at Monaco, reversing their 1-2 order of finish for the year thus far, and adding fuel to a growing feud between the two as they vie against each other for the World Championship. Vettel’s Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo, however, held on for the third spot.