MONZA, Italy – The Ferrari Formula 1 race car lost its brakes on the sixth lap following the “explosion” of its brake lines, forcing driver Sebastian Vettel had to retire from the Monza Grand Prix.
At the start of the sixth lap, under pressure from George Russell going into the Variante del Rettifilo, Vettel completely lost the Ferrari’s brakes.
“Brakes failed, brakes failed,” said a dejected Vettel on the team radio. He went on to explain what happened, “No more brake pedal. Brake line exploded. I can literally not stop the car, so I have to wait.”
He slowly made his way around the course, knocking out corner markers, but not causing any further incidents, nor were there any injuries due to the brake-line failure.
Pierre Gasly, driving for Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda, won the Sept. 6th race, the first victory for the 24-year-old.
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