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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Marybeth - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 11:19 PM

Bob Varsha pointed out that each team is allotted only 8 engines a year. So Red Bull told the drivers to turn the engines back after the last pit stop. Webber was ahead.

Tony - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 11:26 PM

In my view, Vettel showed his arrogance by essentially disregarding team orders. He certainly didn't prove anything as Webber had turned down the power on his car. The sad thing in today's racing is that the drivers are not allowed to race all out against one another. Too often tires, fuel management and politics determine the outcome or modern races.

SimonNorris - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 11:52 PM

@Ptolemy - are you serious? The only two people that blamed the accident in Turkey on Webber was Helmet Marko and Sebastian. It was Sebastian that 'moved across Mark's nose' and not the other way. Team orders are there for a reason - Sebastian is only an employee and he probably needs Adrian Newey more than Adrian Nwey needs him.

Tom S. - Unregistered

March 26, 2013 12:27 AM

Vettel was wrong wrong wrong. If left unpunished he will have let the rest of the team (and not just Webber) know who is actually running the show. Unless he pays a painful price, he will become the de-facto team principal - Horner may as well go home. As the saying goes, either you ride the horse, or the horse will ride you.

Fipzee - Unregistered

March 26, 2013 12:29 AM

I think what Vettel did was wrong and that sort of things can lose you a lot of fans and turn off sponsors but Schumacher did it throughout his career and did OK. The real mistake here was from Red Bull - Webber has had the same car as Vettel and watched him win three drivers championships while he has massively underperformed. Red Bull should have let him go two years ago and at the very least faked a problem with his pit stop so that Vettel passed him without incident. If it was your team would you effectively take 7 points off your only (realistic) title contender?

mike - Unregistered

March 26, 2013 12:33 AM

the team has allways favoured vettel he is rude and big headed he needs to be bought down to earth all the top drivers are as good as each other its the machine that makes the difference the only difference between him and webber is the age and the teams pet gets favoured

Jessy - Unregistered

March 26, 2013 12:40 AM

Sorry to burst all the Vettel Hater's bubble but starting at lap 26 of 56 Vettel was on the radio complaining about Webber's pace. With the race only 50% complete the team told Vettel to stand down. Vettel slowed down as asked. Then at lap 33 of 56, Vettel came out of the pits behind Webber, Button and Hamilton. Webber had slowed so much in the previous laps that it allowed Button and Hamilton to get a head of Vettel. Vettel was pissed (who wouldn't be) Vettel then re-passed both Button and Hamilton coming up behind the slow Webber again. While behind Webber both Button and Hamilton again close up ground on Vettel. Vettel decided to ignore the team orders and drive his own race. He first started to Webber on lap 44. Despite when Webber claims, he turned his engine back up and put up a good fight for over three laps until Seb finally passed him and never looked back. Racers like Vettel were born to race. It is in their blood. They train their entire life to drive faster tha

JCA Canada - Unregistered

March 26, 2013 1:17 AM

Unfortunately, Vettel needs to be seriously disciplined for his actions. A fine is no deterrent and his less than believable excuses, apparent lie, and totally inappropriate conduct warrant nothing less than immediate suspension from the next race. Does one believe that RB has the integrity to choose such a course of action? I think not.

kakao - Unregistered

March 26, 2013 3:06 AM

Editorial - The Guardian

Sebastian Vettel has been excoriated for winning the weekend's Malaysian grand prix. This is a bizarre fate for the fastest driver in Formula One. Vettel's supposed crime is to have ignored team orders to stay in second place behind his Red Bull co-driver Mark Webber and instead to have raced past him to finish first. Critics claim that this was unsporting behaviour. But what is the point of being in an F1 race if you are not trying to win? Vettel is world champion. He has been the fastest man on the track for the past three seasons. The whole purpose of the drivers' championship is to win it. The notion that the drivers are in any meaningful sense teammates not rivals in similar cars is absurd. You only have to ask yourself this question: what would Ayrton Senna have done? to know that Vettel deserves praise not criticism for what he did. With due respect to the Old Testament, the race is normally to the swiftest, and Vettel was the worthy winner.

kakao - Unregistered

March 26, 2013 3:06 AM

Editorial - The Guardian

Sebastian Vettel has been excoriated for winning the weekend's Malaysian grand prix. This is a bizarre fate for the fastest driver in Formula One. Vettel's supposed crime is to have ignored team orders to stay in second place behind his Red Bull co-driver Mark Webber and instead to have raced past him to finish first. Critics claim that this was unsporting behaviour. But what is the point of being in an F1 race if you are not trying to win? Vettel is world champion. He has been the fastest man on the track for the past three seasons. The whole purpose of the drivers' championship is to win it. The notion that the drivers are in any meaningful sense teammates not rivals in similar cars is absurd. You only have to ask yourself this question: what would Ayrton Senna have done? to know that Vettel deserves praise not criticism for what he did. With due respect to the Old Testament, the race is normally to the swiftest, and Vettel was the worthy winner.

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