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Vettel's Record Hopes Go Bang
Puncture puts champion out of Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Posted Nov 17, 2011 by Chris White
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Double world champion Sebastian Vettel saw his hopes of the record of race victories in a season go bang – quite literally – in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, as his rear right wheel suffered a puncture on just the second corner of the race.
Having qualified on pole position, the scene was set for Vettel to rack up his 12th victory of the season, and he got off the line fastest, beating Lewis Hamilton into the first turn, only for all his hard work to go up in smoke by the time he entered the second.
The German admitted he felt “hurt” after having to pull out of the race, with “nothing we could have done better all weekend. We just need to look at what caused the puncture,” he said. “I had a good start and was happy up until that point. To lose the race that early on hurts a lot.”
Red Bull boss Christian Horner said that he didn’t know what had caused the puncture that brought an end to Vettel’s ambitions, other than “an instantaneous loss of pressure in turn two.”
On board footage of Vettel's puncture from Abu Dhabi: