It proved to be a frustrating home race for Sebastian Vettel after the Ferrari driver crashed at the German Grand Prix, gifting Lewis Hamilton a big victory.
Vettel saw his race come to an end with 25 laps to go, during a rain-soaked afternoon at the Hoffenheim circuit.
Having been leading the Grand Prix in his home nation from the start, Vettel saw his race come crashing down when he found himself skid off the track and into the barriers at the side of the track.
Images broadcast from the team's pit garage saw the 31-year-old's back-room engineers with their heads in their hands in despair.
And Vettel, who topped the Drivers Championship standings heading into the German Grand Prix, then entered into a foul-mouth rant, airing his frustration at events that had unfolded around him, costing the driver an opportunity to increase his lead at the summit.
Over the team radio, Vettel was heard saying:
"F*** sake, s***, sorry guys."
After the race had concluded, a calmer Vettel reflected on the incident in his post-race press conference, and looked to see the bigger picture before apologising to his Ferrari team.
"I don't think it was a huge mistake," Vettel told Sky Sports. "It's not like I will have huge difficulties sleeping because I made a big mistake. We didn't need the rain.
"We have a strong car, so we can be as confident, more confident, than anybody else. It was one of those moments. My mistake. Apologies to the team.
"Small mistake, big disappointment. The tyres weren't fresh, but it was slippery for everyone."News Now - Sport News