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Sebastian Vettel suffers painful experience during Mexico Grand Prix practice

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It goes without question that Sebastian Vettel is the only driver that can still challenge Lewis Hamilton for the 2017 Formula One world championship, but the bad luck keeps on coming for the German.

Ferrari has faced a number of issues over recent weeks, and this weekend has been no different.

During Yesterday's practice sessions, Ferrari once again experienced a technical issue with Vettel's car.

The weekend got off to a sloppy start for the German, after an error caused the driver to go wide at Turn 11 during FP1.

This resulted in the Ferrari driver having to settle for fifth place going into the second practice session.

Vettel was hoping to improve during FP2, but in the end he had to settle for fourth after an explosion in his cockpit forced him to bring the car into the pits.

At first it wasn't clear what the issue was until the alarm was raised by Sebastian Vettel over the radio, reporting something had 'burst'.

"Something burst, ahh, there's some acid or something," Sebastian told his team over the radio.

Concerned about himself and the car, Vettel made his way back to the pits and didn't waste any time getting himself out of the car.

It soon became clear that it was a fire extinguisher in the driver's cockpit that had burst.

Vettel said over the radio: "I think it might be the extinguisher, I'm not sure."

Coming out of the second practice session, Ferrari will be looking into the cause of the burst extinguisher and will aim to get the issue resolved in time for the third practice session.

Despite finishing the session in fourth, Vettel was understandably upset about the result.

"A fire extinguisher went off in the middle of the run. Initially, it just felt like burning, and then it turned out to be very cold, so I had to go back, but we couldn’t recover the time lost.

"This is a short track with a lot of traffic, so it is not ideal. Also, here it is tough to cool the car, the brakes, all the components, so if you are stuck behind someone else, it is quite bad."

Vettel, currently 66 points behind championship leader Lewis Hamilton, will be looking for a win in Mexico this weekend to keep himself in the fight for the championship and his fifth title.

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