F1 » Vettel: I messed up, I'm sorry


Sebastian Vettel: I owe an explanation to Mark and to the team and that's it. Everyone else obviously has the right to have their own opinions but for sure it is not a victory that I'm very proud of because it should have been Mark's.

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bang tidy - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 9:56 AM

Seems to me most folk don't really understand the sport they are watching. They weren't team orders to give Webber the win. Webber comfortably held Vettel off all race long. Redbull knowing they had first and second in the bag made a great strategy call to preserve engines and ensure the tyres which are not fully understood yet didn't let them down end of. Vettel was faster than webber but only when webber slowed down ergo the fastest guy didn't win that was the whole issue...

Jaycee - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 10:07 AM

Let the civil war begin at Redbull, Mark is at the twilight of his career and he is the wrong person to piss off right now....this is going to be fun going forward...

we all forgot what Vettel did to Mark few years ago by driving into his radiator, as result retiring both cars.

The team knew that, hence giving them team orders...but no Vettel had to be sneaky about this. what a punk...

Dave - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 10:08 AM

@Bang,

So you are saying that Webber is so "raw" he is considering quitting, but knowing he could have beaten Vettel, simply chose not to and then dummy spit about it?

I may not fully understand F1 but I do understand what I say, do you?

PMatos - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 10:13 AM

I'm against team rules on F1 but if they exist and are legal you should follow then. If I at my job did the same that Vettel have just done I will be fired ....

backbacon - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 1:23 PM

Is there anything more spineless than kicking someone up the backside when they are on the floor and not looking then turning around and saying sorry I didn't mean it afterwards... Vettel and rb couldn't look any worse as they have basically backed him. Horner never had any but Newey has lost all credibility for me..Desperately needs a new challenge to get it back..

Alex - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 6:29 PM

Wrong.

Mark was 4s ahead going into his final pit stop on lap 43. When he came out, Seb was right there beside him. The wo grappled wheel to wheel through the first 5 corners for 2 consecutive laps, before Vettel got decisively in front.

The sequence of events shows Mark was fully aware that Seb (with better tyres) is going to race him. Technical analyst Gary Anderson alluded that , "Webber did try to squeeze him into the pit wall when Vettel was coming up to pass him with the DRS overtaking aid. So Sebastian probably saw a bit of red mist and went for it. " Can't be on cruising mode when you do that, right? If i were Vettel, i would think this is racing fair and square. I can't help but wonder when exactly did Webber turned down his engine?

Seb was on a different tyre strategy, which was to race flat out at the end of the race with his mediums. He succeeded with the early stop tactic at the final pit visit which gave him an advantage.

Given how the race has panned out at tha

Alex - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 6:35 PM

continue ...Given how the race has panned out at that juncture, i can understand how Vettel might feel insisting on pre-race team order is unfair to him. Especially since Seb did obey team order earlier in the race, and not attack Mark when Mark was unusually slow and backed Vettel into Hamilton. We all know how this race tactic is often deployed to wear down your competitor's tyres. And Seb, being no fool, was fuming!

I watched all the races last year. Webber isn't in a position to play victim. He has put himself before the team too many times.

Horner should have allowed them to race on, since this is F1 and these two are top 2 drivers on the grid. Their nearest rivals were no longer a threat and surely they can race clean.

Dudley - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 7:09 PM

Christian Horner is a weak team leader, thinks he needs Seb more than Seb needs RBR. There are a number of drivers that will win in that car, Alonso , Nico, Lewis, Massa, Kimi and even some of the younger guys. Adrian Newey is the 80% winning factor here. Team orders irrespective whether you agree or not, world champion or not, must be obeyed. Finish! Seb apologized so admits wrongdoing, how are you going to punish him Mr. Horner? By the way I am a Seb fan but no one is bigger than the sport, don't tarnish it more than it has been.

FreeJack - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 8:56 PM

Your memory of what happened after the final pit stop is completely erroneous, Alex. Yes, Webber came out of the pits with Vettel right behind him. He proceeded to fight Vettel off, THROUGH both DRS zones and actually created a gap of a couple of seconds to Vettel. Once he had established his position in the lead, it was Webber's understanding that they would turn down engines and go to the end in those positions. Vettel obviously ignored all of that, giving some lap cop-outs for why he didn't "understand" an instruction they discuss before EVERY race. Not surprising, though, considering that he never understands it when pit wall tells him not to go for fastest laps at the end of every race, and he does it anyway...every time.

I understand being a Vettel fan but you've got blinders on to what actually happened.

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