Sport Vettel needs a miracle - Rosberg

15:46  13 october  2017
15:46  13 october  2017 Source:   Omnisport

Vettel evades gearbox damage in Stroll shunt

  Vettel evades gearbox damage in Stroll shunt Following an investigation, Ferrari has confirmed that Sebastian Vettel’s gearbox did not sustain damage in his post-race tangle with Williams’ Lance Stroll at the Malaysia Grand Prix. Vettel and Stroll collided at Turn 5 on their lap back to the pits on Sunday, with the Ferrari sustaining significant left-rear suspension damage. It was suspected that Vettel’s gearbox may have also suffered damage in the incident. With gearbox’s being required to complete six consecutive races before teams are permitted to introduce a new unit, Vettel faced the prospect of a five-place grid penalty at the next race in Japan. Following an investigation at Ferrari’s Maranello base, the team has confirmed that he will be able to use the same gearbox at Suzuka and will therefore avoid a penalty. Vettel’s collision with Stroll was investigated by the stewards, who deemed that no further action was warranted. Both drivers were, however, advised to demonstrate further caution in the future when en route to the pit-lane at the conclusion of a race. Power unit dramas on Saturday meant that Vettel started the race from last on the grid, but a determined drive saw him climb to a fourth-place finish before the incident with Stroll. Vettel heads to Japan with a 34 point deficit versus championship leader Lewis Hamilton, who finished second in Malaysia.

- Nico Rosberg believes the battle for the Formula One title is still intriguing even though Sebastian Vettel needs a " miracle " to prevent Lewis Hamilton from being crowned champion.

9:46 – Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel needs " miracle " to beat Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton to the 2017 title, but "won't give up" in his quest to do so, according to reigning Formula 1 World Champion Nico Rosberg .

LewisHamiltoncropped: Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel © Provided by Omnisport Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel

Nico Rosberg believes the battle for the Formula One title is still intriguing even though Sebastian Vettel needs a "miracle" to prevent Lewis Hamilton from being crowned champion.

Hamilton stretched his lead to 59 points by winning the Japanese Grand Prix after Vettel retired due to engine trouble only four laps in.

A fourth F1 world title could be wrapped up by Mercedes driver Hamilton at the United States Grand Prix a week on Sunday.

Reigning champion Rosberg knows it is unlikely that Vettel can deny his former team-mate, but expects Ferrari to hit back in Austin.

"Ferrari always come back strong," he told BBC Sport.

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"It's so difficult for Sebastian now. Lewis has such momentum, everything is going in his direction.

"Sebastian needs a miracle to come back but he's a fighter and he won't give up.

"It will remain interesting so let's see how far he can take it."

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg had 'no relationship' during Mercedes F1 spell .
Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg's relationship completely broke down towards the end of their spell at Mercedes, according to Niki Lauda.The pair were at loggerheads throughout the campaign during a bitter battle for the world title. After Hamilton won the crowns in 2014 and 2015, it was Rosberg who took his first and only F1 title before retiring at the end of the campaign.

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