Formula One - Vettel survives Ferrari 'shut-down' in Bahrain

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Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel drives during a practice session ahead of the Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in the desert south of the Bahraini capital, Manama, on April 14, 2017. (AFP Photo/ANDREJ ISAKOVIC)

Formula One - Vettel survives Ferrari 'shut-down' in Bahrain

Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel drives during a practice session ahead of the Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in the desert south of the Bahraini capital, Manama, on April 14, 2017. (AFP Photo/ANDREJ ISAKOVIC)

- Sebastian Vettel survived a scare as he and Ferrari proved they are back as serious contenders for this year’s world championship by topping both opening practice sessions ahead of this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix. The four-time world champion was the quickest man of the day but admitted he had been lucky to recover from a technical problem in the evening’s floodlit session when his Ferrari lost power and 'shut down'. “We had some sort of glitch," he said. “All of a sudden everything went dark. It was a total shutdown. “Thankfully, there was no lasting damage to the car and we can fix it. “Nowadays, these cars are not just cars -– it’s all technology and software so it seems to me like something went wrong there.”


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