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Formula One: Software problem hits Vettel bid for 10th straight win

Published on Mar 15, 2014 7:27 PM
 
Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany walks out of his team garage after the qualifying session of the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, on March 15, 2014. Red Bull were left puzzling over an engine software problem which left Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel struggling in qualifying on Saturday and endangered his bid for a record 10th consecutive win. -- PHOTO: AFP

MELBOURNE (AFP) - Red Bull were left puzzling over an engine software problem which left Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel struggling in qualifying on Saturday and endangered his bid for a record 10th consecutive win.

The German missed out on the top 10 starting grid positions for the first time since Abu Dhabi in 2012 as Lewis Hamilton claimed the pole for Mercedes in Sunday's Australian season opener.

The problem with the software related to his Red Bull's Renault engine badly affected the car's performance in what were difficult, wet conditions at Melbourne's Albert Park.

And Vettel's attempt to reach the final stage of qualifying was hit when Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen went off in Q2, meaning the cars behind him were ordered to slow down.

 
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