Sebastian Vettel: 'We've had a bad season so far'

Sebastian Vettel in the team garage during qualifying for the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix on September 21, 2013
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Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel admits that it has been a "bad first half of the season" for the team.

Sebastian Vettel has admitted that Red Bull have had a "bad first half of the season" after he was forced to retire for the third time in 2014 at today's Austrian Grand Prix.

The reigning world champion, who is without a win this season, suffered a loss of drive in his Red Bull early in the race before damaging the car in a collision with Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez.

The German told Sky Sports News: "We stopped because we wanted to save some mileage. We were hoping for a safety car but it wasn't coming. Obviously, it has been a bad first half of the season with a few retirements and other problems, but I guess it's part of the game.

"Equally we were able to learn a lot today and it's good that Daniel [Ricciardo] got some points for us. It would be bad to say I got used to it, but obviously we have had a lot of problems so far already and I got calmer when the problem occurred.

"Our pace looked alright and we were able to go quite far on the soft tyre, but we were a lap down so in the end we decided to save some mileage."

Vettel sits fifth in the drivers' standings, 23 points behind his teammate and 105 behind leader Nico Rosberg of Mercedes, who won at the Red Bull Ring today.

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TeamPoints
1Mercedes357
2Ferrari318
3Red Bull184
4Force India101
5Williams-Mercedes41
6Toro Rosso39
7Haas29
8Renault26
9McLaren11
10Sauber5
DriversTeamPoints
1Sebastian VettelFerrari202
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes188
3Valtteri BottasMercedes169
4Daniel RicciardoRed Bull117
5Kimi RaikkonenFerrari116
6Max VerstappenRed Bull67
7Sergio PerezForce India56
8Esteban OconForce India45
9Carlos SainzToro Rosso35
10Nico HulkenbergRenault26
11Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes23
12Lance StrollWilliams-Mercedes18
13Romain GrosjeanHaas18
14Kevin MagnussenHaas11
15Fernando AlonsoMcLaren10
16Pascal WehrleinSauber5
17Daniil KvyatToro Rosso4
18Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren1
19Marcus EricssonSauber0
20Jolyon PalmerRenault0
21Antonio GiovinazziSauber0
22Jenson ButtonMcLaren0
23Paul di RestaWilliams-Mercedes0