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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35edme - Unregistered

March 27, 2013 12:09 AM

A bandwagon is such a safe place. Wish there was room for me but I'm not close to Rich. On a technical level, where I confess I'm a neophyte and as such rely on Rich and Sunny, can I have this question answered? Would Newey, Horner or any of the engineering staff know more about the , present and future condition of the cars than the drivers? Would they be in any position to ask the drivers to make any adjustments to the vehicles? An observation ,did anyone see Vettel's look when he realised Newey was not laughing? Could this have had anything to do with the subsequent apology and will anyone be surprised if there is a change in the qualifying order?

sam - Unregistered

March 27, 2013 12:25 AM

edme yes the pit wall would know much more on the car data than the drivers. it is the pit that knows how much fuel is left, not drivers, pit crew have temperature data, engine data, tire data,weather and air temp data, all sorts of data and computers to extrapolate to end of race to work out best strategy. if engineers tell you to run at certain speed you need to trust them as ross brawn made clear to nico. team should not need to broadcast data to world just to convince driver to follow instructions. and car belongs to team, not to driver.

sam - Unregistered

March 27, 2013 12:38 AM

one time alessi jean kept being told by ferrari to slow down and turn down fuel mix but he kept it turned up racing for lead and ignoring them and ran out of fuel few laps from end.after that ferrari took the fuel mix knob off the car because they could not trust him to use it properly.

Yak - Unregistered

March 27, 2013 1:14 AM

Bernie's missing the point a bit. It wasn't team orders in the usual sense of getting/keeping one driver in front to benefit them in the championship. It was team orders in the sense of after a point in the race, they BOTH ease off and hold position (whichever way around it happens to be at the time) to make it to the end and maximise the result. Merc's situation was a bit different in that Rosberg could easily have taken Hamilton, who wouldn't have stood a chance in a fight, but they made him stay behind. That one I find harder to understand.

brains - Unregistered

March 27, 2013 1:50 AM

I got up at 4am to watch a race, not a predetermined chorus line after only 4/5ths of the race. I can only imagine how pi$$ed a race fan that actiually paid big money would be for being robbed of a race by the egg heads in pit lane. Take away all communications from team to driver, F1 has lost its way.Tell a 3 time defending champ to heel, yea right. The team makes their money by how they finish in the constructors cup. Drivers ultimatley get paid by reputation of being race winners. Big conflict of interest. Racing must come first PERIOD

Rob01 - Unregistered

March 27, 2013 1:58 AM

F1 is a SPEC series. The cars are nearly identical and extremely close in race pace. Every point will be very valuable. FIA is to blame for the early team orders.

Jimmy - Unregistered

March 27, 2013 3:23 AM

Not so Caroline- Seb knew that Web backed off. He attacked him to pass and it was cheating. Not in the sense of the 'official' FIA rulebook, but in the sense of the team and his teammate it definitely was.

No two ways about it.

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