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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F1 Rules! - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 8:35 PM

@Alex, it's easy to make that case in hindsight. And don't forget that Schumi and Kimi were not teammates at Interlagos. When the two drivers from the same team race each other hard, the risk to the whole team of leaving with zero points becomes much greater. The driver cannot ALWAYS think only of his own glory. There are engineers and mechanics other staff that work day and night to give him that equipment - and they are also entitled to experience the success of the team, never mind the rest of the folks at the factory. You could also hear Ross Brawn reasoning with Rosberg on the radio about wanting to bring those two cars home. They couldn't catch the Bulls and there was no danger from behind.

And you said "with Alonso out", right? Well, how much did it take for him to lose his front wing earlier in the race? An inadvertent touch of Vettel's exhaust. So, if Seb and Webber had touched yesterday, the team would have been the overall loser. The timing of their decision to hold station

sokudo - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 8:35 PM

He was right to ignore team orders but not right to launch an assault on his team mate who he very well knew had turned the wick down. Shows extreme selfishness and a severe lack of respect to Mark and his team for simply ignoring them without telling them he wanted to win. And frankly, a win at all costs motto at the second race which to him justified doing all that is petty.

benny blanco - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 8:55 PM

Bottom line this early in the season there should be no team orders. At the end of the season and one driver is clearly in the lead to win the championship then orders apply.


March 25, 2013 9:09 PM

Here's my problem with all this tomfoolery.

We have absolutely no clue who was fastest out of Mark or Seb and Lewis or Nico. We will never know and that's what the team orders give us. Yay! Pointless race.

There are some drivers that are being unfairly painted as saints here, so let me clear things up and draw attention to all the stupidity:

* Seb - Disobeyed orders to stay on the "Multi 21" engine setting, to retain formation and to not race Mark.

* Mark - Disobeyed orders to not race Seb and nearly rammed him into the pitwall.

* Lewis - Obeyed orders to conserve tyres and fuel. Nothing to see here.

* Nico - Wanted to disobey orders to not race Lewis and to conserve tyres and fuel. Argued with team boss.

* Ferrari - Allowed Alonso to drive a dangerously damaged car without pitting it.

Basically everybody else drove great races, especially Hulkenberg and Bianchi but not Chilton or Maldonado.

neil tate - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 9:12 PM

On the matter of F1 Rules i.e. Team orders. has it is, team orders are ruled OK so Vettel should have respected them and complied.
But I do not agree with hypercritical team orders. any-one who agrees that there should be no team orders has to agree that it should apply to every driver in the race including the back markers. No driver should have to move over to let leading drivers by. they should not hold any-one up deliberately, but back markers should be allowed to take the fastest line through the corner, if they get there first. If they hold up the leader in the race, the gaps could close up and make the race more exciting. there will be fewer procession racing. It will have me swearing at the TV if they hold my driver up. But that's what we should all want and is proper racing, asking any driver to move over is disgusting. So is it because the big money teams are bullying the smaller teams out of the way with rules. The F.I.A should stand up for whats right and allow all drive

Michelle Fattoruso - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 9:16 PM

Totally awed by Vettels arrogance in taking matter into his own hands!
Thought the tone of his first radio message for the team to 'Get Mark out of the way' totally inappropriate, before he even did the 'dirty deed'!
Red Bull should be behind BOTH drivers as it is quite clear from Webbers demeanour that the team are clearly biased in favour of Vettel - plain for F1 fans to observe the last 2 years.
Christian Horner should realise this reflects very negatively on his team & deservedly so.
From the top management down there should be an introduction of humility in that team as they really are coming across as way too smug!
Mark Webber a straight talking Aussie deserves credit for his handling of himself after the race & has gained even more fans because of it!
Shame on Vettel & Horner/Neweys indulgence of his selfishness!

Nicholas Banham - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 9:20 PM

Firstly DRS i.e. Boring, overtaking to please the masses now combined with latest generation Pirelli tyres, wow! We have now reached our optimum speed, (One hears over the team radio) F1 has become a time trial, and Vettel broke the rules! What he overtook oh my god..
Lets hope Red Bull wins this years title together with Vettel by one or two points then perhaps they will know who to thank..
I thought every race counted towards the title.. But what do I know?

senna#1 - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 9:36 PM

this is called RACING!! team orders mean nothing to the fans who support there driver and sponsered products. Fans dont need to be subjected to the secrect team agreements.We just want to see great racing and if following behind someone for 12 laps just to finish in order is complete BULL SH@T!! Without the fans these guys arent making MILLIONS!! Weber can say that fans are naive about certain aspects of racing ..but being a Senna fan you just race to win..not to settle for second!!

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