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Richard Prior - Unregistered

March 24, 2013 10:46 AM

McLaren makes a mess of Button pitstop - a repeat of last year - by this once professional team!

Vettel ignored team orders in the final stages of the race. His win is somewhat devalued, as his team mate had "turned down" the power of his engine.

Hamilton had a strong race tactically - but his team mate Rosberg was consistently faster, particularly in sector 1. The same situation as with Red Bull pilots occurred in final stages where team orders were applied.

Mercedes team mates are likely to develop friction between them.

Mercedes have made significant strides forward in Race trim performance, and are a candidate for WDC.

Formula 1 remains more about a race against tyre degradation. In Australia, the Option tyre collapsed after 2-3 laps.

In Malaysia, the Hard tyre seemed to have no more to offer than 10 laps.

Hembury & Pirelli are arrogant beyond measure, and have contrived to wreck Formula 1, by manufacturing defective tyres.

Locky - Unregistered

March 24, 2013 10:51 AM

Let the fastest guys win please. These team rules could have huge effects on the championship! Webber has been faster than Vettel more often than not this season, same goes with rosberg over Hamilton, but when it comes to being a marquee driver I guess the rules change.
Keep this race in mind at the end of the year as well as any other races where this **** goes on and se the overall effects.

f1iceman - Unregistered

March 24, 2013 11:47 AM

Vettles race with Webber was till last pit stop he lost and ignored orders so guess thats the real problem.
Be intresting for mercedes if hammy used too much fuel how could he have gone faster when they told Rosberg that he was holding back himself ? but if Rosberg had fuel and tyres he was done by his team and i respect him for being there for his team he is one driver that deserves so so so much more.

frws - Unregistered

March 24, 2013 12:14 PM

In defence of Pirelli and the bosses there, they are issued with a design brief from senior figures within Formula One itself. The only thing that they are guilty of is satisfying that design brief. If we as fans are looking for someone to blame for the tyre saga and the impact this has upon the racing, then we must look to those at the very top of Formula One, rather than Pirelli.

Equin0x - Unregistered

March 24, 2013 12:15 PM

Vettel oredered not to race was sick, Webber must of turned his engine back up anyway because they were fighting for 3 laps.
And we know now Nico is faster than this joke Hamilton but will not allowed to be able to fight him, a complete farce.

Alex - Unregistered

March 24, 2013 4:05 PM

Mark did the exact same thing in Silverstone 2011.

He was told to back off of Seb who's car was damaged (by Alonso) but he kept pushing and tried to pass (but failed). “Of course I ignored the team (order) as I want to try and get another place” said Webber.

Today was probably payback for Silverstone 2011 and Brazil 2012.

If anyone is to be blamed it's the team.

Both drivers were on fresh tyres with 16 laps to go why hold station. Let them race until the final couple of laps, then hold station. You don't race to come second best ESPECIALLY being the current world champion. Vettel was already fuming earlier on when he was backed by Weber into Hamilton following team orders ( stay behind 3s to save tyres ).

While team order is to hold station, i doubt Seb was aware that Mark has turned down his engine. Seb and Mark were right next to one another after Mark's final pit stop, and Seb started racing him immediately. It's unlikely that Mark had turn down his engine in the box (

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