F1 » HAVE YOUR SAY: Sebastian Vettel - right or wrong?

The outcome of the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix looks set to divide opinion on Sebastian Vettel, but which side of the fence are you on?

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March 25, 2013 2:46 PM

googol. read sebs comments carefully. nowhere does he say he defied team orders, only that he messed up.

i mentioned yesterday, that there was some ambiguity about the situation, and webbers latest utterances seem to confirm that.

nobody (outside the team) has the full info, and a lot of second guessing is going on. at the end of the day, it is an internal matter for rbr. NO fia rule has been breached.

no doubt that seb will be treated in exactly the same way that mark was treated when he repeatedly and vocally refused to bow to team orders.

at the end of the day, nowhere in radio transcripts, is there ANY mention of holding station, and it has been confirmed (at press conference) that there was NO agreement for such an event.

live with it...seb RACED, and even webber, (using full engine map) also raced, but lost to the faster car.

martin - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 2:49 PM

I feel Vettel did the wrong thing just because of the fact they had an agreement. As much as I disagree the call from red bull to call off the fight, the call was made, and therefore everyone must fulfill there roles. This was a childish move by Vettel and this might affect him later with the lack of trust currently in the team.


March 25, 2013 2:50 PM

Red Bull have a serious public relations job on their hands. SV is a self-centred, only I count, type of individual. He has the Schumacher, win at any cost nature and I believe no one at Red Bull will do aything of significance to soften his aggresion. He earns a lot of points for the team and is determined to win more championships for himself and the team in any way he can. Uncouth? For sure!

jim crint - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 3:05 PM

richard, surely both drivers would have agreed to abide by team orders. Why are you defending Seb? Yesterday he neither behaved like a sportsman nor a gentleman!

Jules - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 3:12 PM

I think it is wrong for people to glorify what Vettel did, saying he is ruthless and wants to win etc....this is sports. You don't try to win at all costs when you break the rules and compromise integrity and trust. What Vettel did is no different from athletes taking steroids or won a 100m with a false start.

Vettel is no better than Lance Armstrong with his actions. He cheated and beat his team mate when Webber essentially turned down the engines.

miffy - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 3:18 PM

I don't get why people think Vettel was wrong, if this was Alonso everyone would be slagging Ferrari off for team orders. Like Vettel did what we want, went against team orders and gave us racing!

I just feel cheated over Hamilton and Merc not allowing racing.

andy - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 3:36 PM

I think we are missing the point here. If teams did not have to turn the wick down to conserve fuel and manage tyre wear, we could return to days when the drivers were allowed to race flat out for the whole race distance. F1 is just an endurance race these days. Ban team orders, reintroduce fuel stops and lets us see who is the fastest drivers.

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