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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Alex - Unregistered

March 24, 2013 11:01 PM

Now, the sequence of events makes me wonder when did Mark started cruising. He was 4s ahead when he pitted, and it was not a foregone conclusion he would come out ahead.

Seb was charging down the straight on Mark's final pit stop, highly likely Mark would have seen him on his right as they were side by side. Seb was, in fact, slightly ahead on the outside. They grappled wheel to wheel thro' the first 5 corners for 2 consecutive laps, before Seb got decisively in front.

Most likely it did not crossed Seb's mind at that time that Mark might be on cruising mode cos it make no sense (thus his later apology). Nothing wrong with a fair fight, team order not withstanding. It was the most interesting part of the race.

eddie - Unregistered

March 24, 2013 11:24 PM

Caught out with a bare faced lie. Three times a worldchampion and still a spoiled brat. Seeing the way the redbull team management operates he's in the perfect team too.


March 24, 2013 11:39 PM

In any other sport this would be match fixing! With paid for drivers, Technology like DRS and now ridiculous team orders what's the point? No need for talent or the want to race..... Ban pit to driver radios, go back to the drivervmaking decisions.. This is an absolute joke.

devilsadvocate - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 1:29 AM

Webber pulled the same stunt British GP 2011, ignored direct team order not to pass a struggling vettel couldn't make it stick... People need to stop being so righteous and dramatic about this and at least admit you are mad that you are mad because you like webber or don't like vettel.
And you know what Lewis can spen all his time being judgmental but I will notice he only has 1 WDC to Vettels 3 soon to be 4.

jim crint - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 1:30 AM

It's going to be an interesting year. I wonder if Nico will disobey the next team order at Mercedes? The two Red Bull drivers would have signed up to a pre-agreement that whoever was in front at the last pit-stop, if the cars are one-two, should remain in front. I can't imagine Nico ever pre-agreeing to what happened today.

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