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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AUSSIEGRIT? - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 7:04 PM

This is racing, not needlecraft! Do you really think that they pay these guys to be anything less than cutthroat? I have no doubt that Alonso or Hamilton would wrap a lampcord around a babies throat in a hot second if it would net him another title! Nice guys do finish last, that's just how the world works! Guys like Massa and Barrichelo have had to swallow that particular pill many a time over the years! Vettel went off the reservation and defied his team. That is one thing, but then he lied about it. That is what has gotten everyone's hackles up. Not the first (or last time) it has happened. But seriously people blathering on about cheating and comparing him to Lance Armstrong is just infantile! Time for Mark to untwist his knickers and get back in the game man-style, or he will be a head case for the rest (tick-tock) of his career!

Gotham - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 7:27 PM

Did Senna ever hang back so Prost could win when he could have passed him? I think not.

These are races, you're supposed to be racing. The drivers know what the engine, gearbox, and tire situation is, and should be able to make their own informed decisions about what risks to take.

If they keep making the wrong call and running out of tires or blowing up too many engines, then they don't win and won't be a championship caliber driver.

Team orders should be banned, and they should just let the racers race. If they make poor decisions, they aren't good drivers.

Manish Mathema - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 7:28 PM

Christian Horner says Sebastian Vettel deliberately put his own intrest. World Champ attacked Webber with the duo almost touching as Vettel grabbed the lead. Vettle don't have to worry all he has to do cry in front of his SUGAR DADDY (Helmut Marko) ...

LOFTY - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 7:33 PM

HE WAS RIGHT. Anyway, look at the advertising its done for all the sponsors, any publicity is good publicity, Vettell can wave Webber through later on in the season, giving the team the one two that they will get. I'm not usually a 4 wheel fan, but this is good viewing. Keep it up, and congratulations to the team.

F1 Rules! - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 7:38 PM

The argument that team orders should be banned is a separate (and perhaps valid one). But that is NOT the basis of this disagreement. An agreement was reached on race protocol by the team BEFORE the race. Seb agreed to that protocol and no one held a gun to his head at the time -- and then he broke it. That is the basis of this disagreement. So, on that basis alone...Seb was wrong!

The argument about whether team orders or protocols should exist, or whether fans like it, is a separate argument and one that is easy to make from a distance, when you do not fund the team to the tune of millions of dollars every year.

Craig - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 7:48 PM

Whilst i don't agree with what Vettel done he is a racer and so is Rosberg but Rosberg done as he was told.

Anyway, isn't TEAM ORDERS a type of match fixing, which is illegal??????????

F1 Rules! - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 7:52 PM

One more thing: Either Seb was wrong or Mark was lying. Mark said to the world on the podium that an agreement WAS reached before the race. If Mark was lying, then surely Seb would have said no way! No agreement was reached! Or he would have said yes, an agreement was discussed but I NEVER agreed to it. I told the team that I would overtake if I had the chance, and that's exactly what I did!

It's really not rocket science. If an agreement was not reached before the race, Seb would not have been squirming to the world's press afterwards and apologising to Mark. You can't be apologising for something you did not do wrong. So, whichever way you look at it, Seb was wrong yesterday.....

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