F1 » Vettel backtracks, admits he ignored team orders

Sebastian Vettel: I got the call and I ignored it.... I put myself above a team decision

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Pole Position - Unregistered

March 24, 2013 4:17 PM

I've always said Vettel needed some controversy in his life. Because he's so boring. But, I didn't think he was going to go this route. Who knows it might be a stroke of genius on his part. lol

tiksop - Unregistered

March 24, 2013 4:53 PM

RBR should show who's the boss. Give Vettel a one race ban for his disobedience to team orders.
Give Webber first choice on upgrades on Vettels return.

John Doe - Unregistered

March 24, 2013 4:58 PM

Simple solution. Remove all radio, in-car telemetry and over reliance on down-force from the car, pit board use only! Let's get back to proper F1 racing not the high speed processional rubbish we have today. This used to be a man's sport now it's just stage managed theatre.

Zelda - Unregistered

March 24, 2013 4:58 PM

This could all been avoided with Horner on the radio saying. 'Seb, mark has been told to conserve tyres, you've unfairly jumped him and we want you to yield position back'!
Sounds ludicrous, much like team orders do to me. However, these were the team orders and Helmet Marko has made a monkey out if Horner and Newey by backing his boy wonder.
Mark Webber has a championship winning car but unfortunately is found slightly wanting in the desire factor.
Seb has a shumacheresqe abundance in this.

Alex - Unregistered

March 24, 2013 5:14 PM

While team order is to hold station after final pit stop,one does wonder when did Mark actually turned down his engine and whether Seb was aware engine was turned down.

Seb and Mark were right next to one another after Mark's final pit stop, and Seb raced him immediately.

It was not a foregone conclusion when Mark pitted that he would come out before Seb. In fact, Seb was flying by neck to neck on the track as Mark raced out of the pit lane pipping him by a tiny fraction. So logic conclusion is it makes no sense to turn down engine when he boxed.

If anyone is to be blamed it's the team. Both were on fresh tyres with 16 laps to go why hold station. Let them race til last few laps, then hold station. You don't race to be 2nd best ESPECIALLY being the current WDC holder.

Al - Unregistered

March 24, 2013 5:24 PM

Team orders are team orders and are used to prevent the red mist taking out both team cars. Vettel did not look very happy after this tainted win. Shades of Pironi & Villeneuve in 1982 at Imola. If he needs a couple extra points for the championship at the end of the season, he won't be able to count on Webber being willing to help him. This may be the motivation that Webber needs to push to the top of the heap. After all payback is a b*tch.

bob - Unregistered

March 24, 2013 5:40 PM

"Vettel is nice and smiling when you usually talk to him, but he will stab you behind your back"

This is exactly like Button"

How? How is this exactly like Button?

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