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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Tarzaan

March 25, 2013 9:46 AM

Seb do what he have to do. He act like a race car driver. He has no reason to give any gift for Webbo. after the 2012 brazilian start.

Webber has no right to critize this, because he also try this in 2011 Silverstone + there is 2010 Turkey too.

Abut the team: they should know which of their driver have more value as a racecar driver...

David - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 9:48 AM

I agree with Steve. If Webber hadn't accepted team orders and turned his engine down he would most probably have won the race.

The cost would have been unnecessary engine wear, with the increased risk of having to change an engine sooner than planned. It's not just about winning individual races - it's about winning the championship.

Team orders are an inevitable part of modern F1 racing, because the drivers don't have full knowledge of the technical condition of their vehicles, and aren't necessarily best placed to make decisions designed to preserve the life of the engine and transmission for future races.

This will get even tougher in 2014 when teams are limited to just 5 engines for the season (currently 8).

Drivers who are not prepared to drive to team instructions might just find themselves without a contract.

Dana - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 9:52 AM

What people are missing is that Weber turned his engine down. It's one thing to race your team mate... But Vettel's overtake was done as Weber was following orders to back off the engines and Vettel took advantage, poorly done Vettel! I wouldn't ever trust Vettel again as his team mate which is problem for all.

Ushi - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 9:55 AM

Bacially it shows a real weakness in Red Bull - and that weakness is Christian Horner. From now on only a number 2 driver will accept team orders from him... and I don't think Webber considers himself as that...it's gloves off, at last at Red Bull & depite what others think - I'm sure Vettel has benefited greatly in the past from team orders & new parts availablity which favoured him.

morini - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 10:00 AM

Pretty poor show from Vettel he has again proved he is not a team player,his attitude is one of contempt because he knows that he would be welcome at any team.Me thinks that he is like a Merkel of the world Iwant to rule the world.

Bigphilps - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 10:03 AM

This sport is too messed up, why are we have team orders at the second race. Team orders should only come into effect towards the end of the season, not at the beginning. The drivers should "race" to win every time. I would like to see what Lorenzo & Rossi would say if the team told them to follow each other to the end.
Come on Bernie, lets get back to racing & not following each other without trying

Skooter - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 10:04 AM

That truly showed what Vettel is. A spoilt brat. There was no reason to do that at this stage of the season, if it was near the end, I could understand. Webber should have allowed an accident to happen. Two things would have happened. Seb would get so much grief after the race, and he'd think twice about doing that to Webber again. All the greats have driven like that, but not against their own team mate. Bad move. As for the apology, he knew exactly what he was doing, and he knew he had to say sorry. Empty words from an insincere man, sorry, boy. Webber is more of a man than Vettel will ever be. Gloves off Mark. Beat him how ever you have to. He has done it in the past. Turkey, despite a few hear blaming Webber for that one. I was obvioulsy watching a different race back then, clearly Seb's fault. Mark didn't get out the brats way. Poor show from a team perspective. RB gave an order, he ignored it, and they pay his salary.

Piercarlogassolini - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 10:05 AM

I'm going to approach this from the POV of the impact it will have on those who aspire to be successful sportsmen, especially youngsters. This is a clear case of being given an instruction by your team manager and choosing to ignoring it, for your own benefit and the team's (potential) detriment. so a million German kids will now be thinking 'well my dad said Schumacher got away with cheating, and now SV is doing the same, I reckon I'll follow suit'. NOT a good example, and I couldn't give a sh*t whether he is the best driver in the world or not, a cheat's a cheat.

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