Team's home track fails to solve Vettel's problems

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 21, 2014 at 12:16 pm •  Published: June 21, 2014
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SPIELBERG, Austria (AP) — After his all-conquering four-year reign over Formula One, Sebastian Vettel this season has become used to getting beaten.

The four-time world champion from Germany was eliminated Saturday in the second round of qualifying on his team's home track and missed out on a top-10 start position in Sunday's Austrian Grand Prix.

Vettel only managed the 13th fastest time though he will start in 12th because of the five-place grid penalty for Force India's Sergio Perez from the Canadian GP.

Vettel will even be five places behind a driver from Red Bull's B-team, Daniil Kvyat of Toro Rosso.

"I had two rounds and they were both too slow," Vettel said. "I don't know why. There wasn't much more in it."

It's the third time this season that Vettel failed to reach the final qualifying round.

The qualifying saw Felipe Massa earning his first pole in six years and Williams pushing Mercedes off the front row for the first time this season.

Vettel's teammate Daniel Ricciardo ended Mercedes' six-race winning streak in Montreal two weeks ago, but Red Bull has already lost touch with the leading team again despite competing on its own circuit in the Austrian countryside.

Ricciardo still managed to qualify in fifth. For the sixth time in eight races this season, Vettel has to play catch-up with his teammate in front of him.

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