F1 » Ecclestone slams Red Bull for driver feud

Bernie Ecclestone hits out at Red Bull for causing the issues that have developed between Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel following the Malaysian Grand Prix

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luke - Unregistered

March 26, 2013 12:55 PM

Exactly - let Rosberg go through and chase the REDs - force an error if possible. What Mark was doing was feeding Serb to the Merc's leaving Serb vulnerable to attach. These points are gonna count toward Serbs defence - Why are the REDs not helping him to defend it - What the heck do the REDs care if the points come from Serb or Webber swapped around - Serb is a proven 3 times World Champion and that should carry some punch - and beside the fact that he was faster then Webber - And Webbers move to put Serb in the wall - counts to his good, clean guy act well... Poor poor management from the REDs!! They looking less and less like champions with their sulks and apologies - GROW UP and get on with the racing!

jim crint - Unregistered

March 26, 2013 1:02 PM

@Elijah - Rosberg wasn't low on fuel. As Hamilton said himself Nico had managed his race better, both of fuel and tyres, and should have been allowed to pass.

@killer - exactly! Webber would have won that race. Vettel only caught him because, after hearing 'multi 21s', Webber turned the wick down allowing Seb to catch him. This is why he is right royally pissed off. And Seb weaving on the home straight in celebration certainly didn't help matters, only rubbed salt into the wounds.

I think RB issued team orders because they saw an opportunity to maximise their points given that Alonso was out, Kimi was all at sea, McLaren weren't a challenge and nor were Mercedes at that point. It's all about the constructors. They know Lotus, Ferrari, Merc and maybe even McLaren, after their improved showing yesterday, are going to come at them this year. It's going to be a tight race and RB are not going to be dominant throughout the year.


March 26, 2013 1:06 PM
Last Edited 1052 days ago

luke, Brawn knew his cars weren't strong enough to beat the red Bulls. So Rosberg would not have brought home any additional points for the team.

Vettel nearly put himself into the wall, and he was not faster than Webber.

ET, makes a good point about all the employees who makes the performance of these cars possible. Adrian Newey agonisingly crouched down with his head in his hands, speaks volumes. Vettel was wrong period.


March 26, 2013 1:12 PM

@Jim crint, Rosberg was low on fuel. Ross Brawn said, "both cars were low on fuel". Which means they could not have challenged the Red Bulls. Rosberg would have in all likelihood finished ahead of Hamilton, since Hamilton was lowest on fuel.

zaher - Unregistered

March 26, 2013 1:22 PM

Good from the old man, but what about us the fans, we are paying money to watch racing not trains of cars under the orders of the teams, we have rights and our voice should be heard. At the end we are payimg them.


March 26, 2013 1:33 PM

elijah. jim is right on this....nico had plenty of fuel as he had not burned up as much during the race, and had also been fuelled slightly heavier. dont mind what brawn said on the open radio.

jim. changing positions would still have given rbr the same points, so it just did not matter. the opposite is really true though. seb was already ahead in wdc, and is the best hope for rbr to gain a wdc. it made more sense to ensure that seb got the max points, so as to maximise his chances against the biggest threat..ferdi.

Jarvissimo - Unregistered

March 26, 2013 1:33 PM

In any other sport team orders would be classed as race (or match) fixing, teams would be BANNED from competing.
Out of the first 4 cars we actually had only 2 who where actually racing, i wonder what the bookmakers think about it .

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