Vettel: A small failure but a big consequence

Spanish F1 Grand Prix - Practice

Sebastian Vettel stops on track during FP1

The 2014 season is turning into the proverbial Annus horribilis for quadruple Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel, and things got no better on the first day of free practice of the Spanish Grand Prix weekend.

After stopping out on circuit during FP1 with a mere four laps completed in the session, he then had to sit out the entire FP2 as the team resolved the problem and thus missing out on a huge chunk of valuable track time.

Spanish F1 Grand Prix - Practice

Sebastian Vettel in the Barcelona pit garage

Vettel explained, “We had a simple failure in one of the looms, which caused a short and meant the car stopped. We had to change the chassis loom, which is a big job so I wasn’t able to go out in the afternoon.”

“It’s a small failure, but a big consequence; there was nothing new on that part of the car, it was something new that happened in that area. Luckily it happened today [Friday rather than Saturday], but unfortunately we lost the chance to prepare for Sunday with two cars.”

“I have to rely on what Daniel [Ricciardo] did today and get into the rhythm straight away [on Saturday],” he added.
finished the day third fastest and with 57 laps to his credit. (GP247)