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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John - Unregistered

March 26, 2013 3:18 PM

They need to get rid of the radio communication with pits during the race - that is the ONLY way to solve the problem. Racing will then become Racing again!!! Drivers wont know who is leading, Who has crashed, blah blah blah, so they will be racing from start to finish! Like the old days. The only way for teams to communicate should be the old fashion way with the Boards along Pit Straight.. if that!. I think it is good to keep communication between drivers and 'charlie' - the saftey director - that makes sense. But CUT communications between team and driver!!!

racefan - Unregistered

March 26, 2013 3:37 PM

Team orders on the second race of the season (!!!), 15 laps before the chequered flag... I believe this is a new low even for F1.

I don't particularly care for Vettel, but frankly, I would have done exactly the same thing. Teams employ drivers in order for them to race, or so I'm led to believe, so he did just that. If anything is shame-worthy is Redbull's decision to hand out team orders with over 90% of the season remaining.

jim crint - Unregistered

March 26, 2013 3:52 PM

richard, a team that supposedly prides itself on giving equal treatment to its drivers (arguably, of course) could hardly ask one of their drivers to move over this early in the season. Webber drove good, he deserved the victory. Maybe Horner was playing it clever by ensuring the drivers didn't take each other out but also giving Mark the feel good factor of the victory. They're gonna need each other, whoever's ahead later in the season so to have both drivers buzzing is good for the team. It's unlikely Webber will helpful if and when that time comes!

Jarvissimo, cycle racing, especially Tour de France. Teams work together to help one rider win. I don't agree with team orders myself, but that's not the point. They are legal, the drivers should know what it do when they're given out! End of!

Piercarlogassolini - Unregistered

March 26, 2013 4:09 PM

Comparing this to 'match fixing' is wrong, this isn't match fixing it's team orders. Check out cycling, where a team of seven know before theye even start a day who out of the seven will cross the like first. Or consider cricket where a batsman has to sacrifice his wicket (and therefore his averages) by slogging out at the end of an innings.

shaken - Unregistered

March 26, 2013 4:31 PM

For once he (Ecclestone) is making sense. There is no racing at all with team orders. Just little boys being told how to pedal (and hold) their expensive prams.


March 26, 2013 4:33 PM

pc. anything that manipulates the result of an event is FIXING. it matters not that it is within the same team.
i dont gamble, but there is a poster here who regularly posts the odds obtainable for a race. now if someone puts a large bet on a particular driver who doesnt win, then he loses his money.
i would imagine that there were many who placed a bet on vettel, and many others who placed a bet on webber. so there will obviously a number angry that seb did not throw the race.
as regards cycling....totally different. the team riders have it in their contract that they are there purely to support one rider. it is not the team that wins a race, it is the rider

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