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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Leon - Unregistered

March 26, 2013 9:07 PM

F1 team orders were theoretically outlawed at the end of 2002, in the wake of a gauche incident during the Austrian GP. Fans jeered loudly after Rubens Barrichello heeded a call to back off and did so on the approach to the finishing line, allowing Schumacher to score a hollow victory.
This ban was lifted at the end of 2010, largely because it could not effectively be enforced: it had been easy to identify team orders during that summer's German GP, when Felipe Massa blatantly slowed for Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso and the team incurred a $100,000 fine, but rivals were forever issuing coded messages , few of them subtle

Ptolemy - Unregistered

March 26, 2013 10:13 PM

DId you guys see the race? Sebastian was the only car on the track RACING! I mean he was passing people, gutting his engine and ripping off chunks from his tires! Just like it was back in the 80's! EXCITING!
...Now why in hell are all you boys so upset with that?

Maybe we could have them all drive "spec" Indycars in a single file procession for 2 hours.

VOLLGAS SEBASTIAN!!!!!! Title #4 is on its way. Just race and don't play the stupid games they want you to.


March 26, 2013 10:14 PM

bernie/fia you are to blame for the way f1 is....team orders naff tyres overpaid drivers loss of fans not enough teams boring safe tracks the lower teams being rubbish etc etc

Bernie said "the team shouldn't have imposed orders on the pair in the first place given Malaysia was only the second race of the year" ...

Totally agree with Ecclestone (which must be the first time in my life!) but in my view, ALL team orders should be banned FOREVER.

kentuckyboy - Unregistered

March 26, 2013 11:14 PM

Team orders nullify racing. A race quits being a race and it becomes a parade. Actually Vettle won a parade given the the top four placings and the circumstances. Team orders should never exist.

sam - Unregistered

March 26, 2013 11:17 PM

when people say team orders? but only second race of season, there are two sort of team orders. there is sort used late in season when one driver told to give up place to otherbecause of place in wdc, and there is sort like this where team say okay, we have the race won, mark has won this round, now stop racing each other and get cars home. people who do not understand that do not understand sport they watch.

Jb21 - Unregistered

March 26, 2013 11:19 PM

Many have pointed out already, a part of the problem is the team-order itself, of course. As a fan, I don't like it. Seb's issue is a bit muddy, I think. I mean, would you be a mate with a dude who turn his back on gentlemen's agreement? And then I really don't understand why MW didn't go after him with a plenty of laps left. And MW hasn't really been that much of a gentleman himself. It's a pot and a kettle. Has there ever been a truly great winner who's also a great human being? There probably has, but not that many, I bet.

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