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Sebastian Vettel triumphs in Malaysia ahead of Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton

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Googolplex

March 24, 2013 10:54 AM
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I have no problem with Seb passing Mark if it was a fair fight. It seems, however, that they were both told to turn the Engines down, hold station and make sure they bring the cars home 1,2. When Seb pitted first Mark could have rightly assumed he did not need to take any risks to keep Seb at bay, but after Seb pitted he decided to absolutely rip out a lap to try to jump Mark which is what created the issue.

BT33 - Unregistered

March 24, 2013 10:56 AM

Today was F1's blackest day. F1 is no longer a drivers and constructors championship. It's a nonsense and Todt should be sacked immediately.

Simo - Unregistered

March 24, 2013 10:56 AM

It's pretty simple really, the drivers each have 8 engines for the season. Once a race is "over" the team tells them to back off in order to preserve those as long as they can. That's what RBR did with Mark and Seb, Mark listened, Seb did not. Seb eeked a few extra laps of full power out as a risk to get past Mark. Has Mark not been in saving mode he would not have passed so easily and they would've duked it out to the end harming both engines far more than they needed to.

Ptolemy - Unregistered

March 24, 2013 10:56 AM

Let me say what noone has noticed! ...At the end of last season Sebastian was struggling to fishish the last race and get the last few points he needed to win the championship. Webber was in front of him trying to steal as many points as possible from Seb. Seb owes that guy NOTHING. Burn him up every chance you get Seb!

Observer - Unregistered

March 24, 2013 11:00 AM

Look at all these coats turning. So now team orders are not the devils work but a good thing worth supporting. I was wondering how people would try to justify Merc properly shafting Britney. Seems the explanation is that it shows greatness from Hamilton to acknowledge he only got on the podium because of team orders. I was very much looking forward to this season to see if Britney can prove he's been very underrated. It's clear now that Hamiltons contract prevents this and he will always be given preferential treatment. Talk about a PR disaster with those radio messages.

As for the RBR situation. Where are the people who criticize team orders now? Wasn't the time of Prost and Senna ignoring all team orders the greatest show for fans? Wasn't Mark always a hero for sticking up against team orders and insulting his team in public for using them. Here we are at the second race of the season and everyone is hating on Vettel for fighting for the lead. And that snide comment from Webber abou

Stavros - Unregistered

March 24, 2013 11:01 AM

It doesn't matter if Vettel is the no 1 driver. He disobeyed a direct team order to pass mark after they had both been told to reign the cars in. Therefore Mark now has license to choose which orders he likes and which ones he doesn't. In terms of the title Vettel may well have done his chances more harm than good with that stunt.

Observer - Unregistered

March 24, 2013 11:02 AM

And that snide comment from Webber about the team protecting Vettel. Didn't seem like that to me. Mark may not have heard the team radio, but from Newey it was clear they wouldn't let Vettel go easy. It seems like it is a bit too easy for Mark to play the victim. What does he expect RBR to do? Suspend Vettel? Make him play second fiddle to Mark? They said they will sit down and talk with him, but what else can you do to a guy who has been the star of the team and brought in 3 WDCs.

BTW what on earth happened to Lotus? Every time they showed on board footage of Raikkonen, the car was twitching all over the place. Seemed to me like the grip was horribly inconsistent.

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