MONACO (AP) — Sebastian Vettel's season got even more frustrating on Sunday after the four-time defending Formula One champion spent most of the Monaco Grand Prix watching from the garage after car failure ended his race.
The German driver had already won two races by this stage last season, but this year he has only one third-place finish and is down in sixth overall behind Nico Hulkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo.
Not helping matters, Vettel's Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo has back-to-back third places in Spain and in Monaco. The Australian driver seems much more at ease than Vettel with the engine regulation changes that came in at the start of the season.
"I felt quite helpless in the car, so I was asking for an answer of what we could do, but there wasn't anything at that stage," Vettel said. "It's disappointing. I had a good start and then we lost boost pressure from the turbo, so I had no power and had to retire."
Vettel moaned "come on guys" over the race radio when he was called into the pits, before changing tact with a more diplomatic "I mean you're trying everything."