F1 » Watson: Red Bull needs to suspend Vettel


Sebastian Vettel should not be allowed to get away with disobeying team orders, according to F1 veteran John Watson.

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Jolyon Smith - Unregistered

March 26, 2013 2:30 AM

Not only should Red Bull sanction their driver - a 1 race suspension being the LEAST that should be applied - It should be ENFORCED in the regulations.

Now that team orders are a legitimate part of the rule book, a clear failure to comply with team orders should be considered as serious a transgression as failing to comply with a marshall or other race official.

When team orders were not legal, then political games could be played, but not any more.

Furthermore, the governing body has to take some blame for creating regulations which have resulted in teams telling their drivers to stop racing in order to preserve components on the car, not for the race, but for the races to come. Having created the situation where this could happen, they must now step up and see that the rules they have created are followed, or scrap those rules.

Mattias - Unregistered

March 26, 2013 3:08 AM

Dont understand why they banned it in the first place. "Team Orders" are basically just team instructions. If a dog cannot follow the instruction of his master, then he is useless and should be given away. A slower car by a slower team should teach Vettel the word "Humility". Some here say that Redbull would be nowhere without Vettel. Well that really is a foolish statement issued by foolish fans. Without the teams any driver would be none existent! The reason they could even race each other while living a luxurious lifestyle is because of the teams. Vettel should be banned three races if you asked me. And Helmut Marko should go as well. Or them both will ruin the team.

Dave - Unregistered

March 26, 2013 3:17 AM

Many on here calling for sanctions on Vettle for not obeying orders...maybe so (team ethos and chain of command crap).

No one however is calling for sanctions on Mark for quite publically and discracefully bringing the sport into disrepute?

djnr - Unregistered

March 26, 2013 3:26 AM

When a 3x champ says "get mark out of the way. he's too slow" he means it. erhem " uh, sorry mark but um well your just a tad slow and have had 11years & proved little, wouldn't mind turning your engine down then sulking after the race would you?"

Subra - Unregistered

March 26, 2013 3:51 AM

What vetted did was wrong.Now Mark is under no obligation to oblige if he needs his support towards the end of championship and when a few extra points are needed.At this stage of the Season vetted could have avoided this action displeasing one and in the team except may be his race engineer and the mechanics

Jolyon Smith - Unregistered

March 26, 2013 3:52 AM

@Dave... um, if you stop and think for a minute I think you'll find it is Vettel who has brought the "sport" into disrepute.

Yes, what he did was what you want a racing driver to do, but it is not what his TEAM told him to do. If any sport starts tolerating indiscipline and rewarding, never mind ignoring, breaches, then you might as well pack up and go home because the rules clearly no longer mean squat and it's every man for himself.

We may not like the rules, but the answer to that is to change the rules, not ignore them.

John - Unregistered

March 26, 2013 3:54 AM

"Webber was driving under the assumption that he was safe, which he wasn't."

Webber was not driving under the assumption that he was safe.Stop pretending that the things you would LIKE to be true actually ARE true.

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