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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US_F1_Fan - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 2:46 PM

A great idea since Horner needs to impress upon people that HE is the one in charge.

But it won't happen, for many reasons.
Number one on that list is consistency- Vettel consistently out-performs Webber, which leads to Constructors' points which means cash money plus more sponsor cash.
The Marko protection is a part of it as well, but in truth I am not sure how strong that is: Marko knows business and KNOWS that if Horner is not respected and obeyed by the team, things will go to hell in a handbasket.

I expect Vettel will toe the line if this comes up again this season and if he does not... THEN we may see some serious repercussions on Vettel.

It will be a last resort though, because no matter what else people may say, Vettel is one of the best and RBR don't want to lose him.

martin - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 2:53 PM

There definitely not going to suspend Vettel. That hurts the team just as much as Vettel. Some discipline needs to be done thats for sure but it wont be a suspension.

jarre - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 2:54 PM

Why would they want to ban the best driver on the grid, he's given them three championships on the trot whats webber given them other than a load of whinging, just another ex also ran talking rubbish, ban him, what a joke, the teams shouldn't be making team orders like this so early in the championship, let them race !
The real peaople at fault are the FIA, these drivers are surposed to be racing, not looking after tyers and fuel saving, all the cars should have to carry enough fuel to last the race and the tyers should be made out of rubber not cheese !
Well thats my opinion anyway, have a good day all :)

Bluesalmon - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 2:57 PM

Seb did what he did for the long haul this year, he was not racing Webber he was maximizing points on Alonso.

No one here knows when they gave the conserve 'multi21' command or maybe it was due post last stop but the fact is they were neck and neck when Webber emerged and fought for it.

If it was Alonso or Schumacher or Mansell or Senna or Prost in Vettel's shoes they would have done the same...

tomcol - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 3:02 PM

Nonsense. This is motor racing and you dont get to become three times wc by being a gentleman. Thats a fact Im afraid. Webber should do the same next time round and Vettel wont be able to complain, will he? But the fact of the matter is that Vettel gets the results and Webber (Great bloke though he is), doesnt.

Mark _

March 25, 2013 3:03 PM

If anyone needs to be suspended it is Horner as he could not control Webber last year or Vettel this year. Lucky for us fans Vettel stopped this race from becoming a total farce. It is too bad that Nico didn't have the cajones to do likewise.

prof-x - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 3:04 PM

as much as I hate the way RBR favor Vettel and really haven't given Webber a chance in the last two years, I cant say anything bad about real racing and Vettel going after the win. Your either a tool for saying he should have followed orders or look like an idiot for saying he was wrong to win.

The more the media pounds Webber for being upset about Sebastian winning, the more he looks like a fool, the whole thing is foolish, the real problem isn't Vettel breaking team orders, its their obvious favoritism and Mark getting snubbed even when the team favor him to win. The team really deserve to give MW a legitimate chance to win the title this year, unlike the last two years, where Vettel was given the green light after a litany of KERS issues for Mark (2011) and Vettel was given the green light after they figured out the car (2012).

SP3 - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 3:14 PM

I dislike 'team orders' as much as anyone but Vettel is the employEE and as such is subject to the demands of his employER. When Vettel starts his own team, he can do as he pleases. Untl then, he should STFU and do as he's told.

Crock - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 3:20 PM

What a load of old bullshit. Literally.

Of course the driver is bigger than the team. He holds the steering wheel. Races decided by team politics should be kept to a bare minimum.

Team orders are inevitable, but in the end it's the driver who decides if he overtakes or not. It's that simple.

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