NEWS
11/13/2011 08:31 EST | Updated 01/13/2012 05:12 EST

F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel out on 1st lap of Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after puncture

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel span out of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the first corner on Sunday and was forced to retire for the first time this season.

The 24-year-old Red Bull driver appeared to pick up a puncture in his right rear tire and slid off the track. He managed to limp back to the pits but his team was unable to repair the damage.

With one race remaining in Brazil, Vettel will now be unable to match Michael Schumacher's record of 13 wins in a season.

Vettel's last retirement was at the Korean Grand Prix last year. He was the only driver to have finished all the previous 17 races in 2011.