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 7:56 PM

Vettel was wrong to disobey team orders. But team orders shouldn't be there in the first place. If they hadn't told Mark to slow down I'm positive Bastian would have caught and passed him anyway.

Either way team order destroyed the end of a great race for everyone. Hamilton and Rosberg included.

Alex - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 8:03 PM

@F1 Rules!

Seriously, these 2 men are not school boys. They are professional F1 drivers, and the top dog on the grind. Surely they have the skills to race clean and fair, like what we saw between Schumy and Kimi in Interlagos 2012.

The track is pretty wide and there was no rain. with Alonso out, Hamilton and Rosberg no longer a threat, the pre race team agreement should rightly have gone out of the window.

Extremely unfair to Vettel if he was not allowed to race Webber at that juncture.

Dale Twilight - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 8:04 PM

Seb - right or wrong it doesn't matter now. I think 2013 F1 will be a season internal team conflict. seb vs. web - ham vs. ros - alo vs. mas. Very possible things will get real ugly.

Charlieboy - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 8:11 PM

Funny how Mark wanted what happened to Lewis, while Lewis wanted what happened to Mark. But there both unhappy! Bunch of fussy complainers. "Oh tyres, fuel, bla bla, how we suffer."

In my opinion, it is the team orders that are to blame for trying to control their drivers and prevent racing. In fact it is exactly these kind of team orders that should be disobeyed. But preferable by both drivers. Let's see the fastest driver win again, remember those days?

It's a shame because Mark was faced with the hobson's choice of disobeying team orders or being passed by Seb. Seb decided to flip of the "Multi 21" engine setting that they were both told to stay on until the finish.

Alex - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 8:12 PM

LOFTY - Unregistered

Sorry why would Vettel want to do that? He raced Webber fair and square.

Even 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 played the early stop tactic at the final pit visit, and this gave him an advantage. He obeyed team order earlier in the race, and did 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 rightly fuming!

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