F1 » Ecclestone: Vettel correct to ignore team orders

Bernie Ecclestone: I always say, show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser. Sebastian is not a loser. Sebastian is a winner

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Dave - Unregistered

March 29, 2013 10:31 PM

"such a hollow victory, Seb passed Mark only after he had been told to slow down, until then Mark had beaten him"

@MarkP...and it would have been a great victory for MW had SV maintained position as asked ? ? ?

Grow Up!

Chris Smith - Unregistered

March 30, 2013 12:42 AM

Racing is a sport and drivers ought to be selfish. The one who wants it the most will go for it. Tons of apologies can be delivered later People pay tons of money to see a race and we expect some action. Not a procession.

First of all Mark webber's car should be given number 5 he finished way down the list, and due to Seb's efforts, the team won the world championship. Sometimes, it makes sense to accept that you are a second driver or move on to another team (Im pretty sure flavio would be trying every other team for Mark but then no one would have wanted him)

rob01 - Unregistered

March 30, 2013 2:49 AM

Bernie wanted Vettel to get a personality. Now he has one. TV ratings sure to hit the roof following the circus next weekend. Hence why he is happy Vettel did his own thing.


March 30, 2013 6:35 AM

It is understandable that Bernie is happy that Vettel didn't obey team order given to him, Bernie will sell his mother if he thinks it will benefit what he runs but only a fool will think that he don't understand the teams necessity to use team orders. As far as the F1 format is for teams to field two cars team orders cannot be taken away from the rights of a team no matter what the FIA will ever say. Apart from the owner/s of a team every single person employed by that team will have to be subject to team wishes/orders and there is no other way about it no matter what we followers/supporters think/feel about it. Regardless and apart from the arguments for and against (retributions, pay back action and the lot) Red Bull the team was right (it was their right) to give team orders, Vettel was wrong in not obeying that order. It is useless and confusing for the issue at hand (and that includes me) to talk/arguing about past actions and their behaviour by those involved the team includ

G.Raman - Unregistered

March 30, 2013 10:54 AM

I agree with Ecclestone told' as probably do exactly the same as Kimi Raikkonen did when he came back and they gave him some instructions. I'd say, 'I know what I'm doing',” . Most of the F1 fans know about
redbull only after vettels arrivel in F1.

Pole Position - Unregistered

March 30, 2013 1:47 PM

Ecclestones's very weird love affair with Sebastian Vettel continues. I wonder if it was any other driveron the grid would he feel the same way? He should be ashamed of himself. The head of the sport should be a nonbiased observer.

130R - Unregistered

March 30, 2013 8:37 PM

If I'm not mistaken, the team never actually told Vettel that Mark's engine was turned down. All they told him was: "Be patient Seb, be patient" and "This is silly Seb, come on". What Christian should've said was something like: Mark is conserving fuel and tires do not pass, do not pass. Ross Brawn was a good example. Firm, clear and detailed. They shouldn't have to conserve tires this much anyway. Fair enough if you have to conserve tires towards the end of the race but not from nearly the first lap.

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