F1 » F1 China 2013: I'd probably do same again, says Vettel

Sebastian Vettel: I think I'm the kind of guy that respects team decisions but on the other hand Mark is not the one that deserved it [the victory] at the time.

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Harryx - Unregistered

April 11, 2013 7:16 PM

Team orders can only be accepted in hollow sterile "competitive" sports like F1...anything stupid like a team order in the very beginning of a season is about the utmost inverse of a "competition" that exists...at supposedly the pinnacle of motor sports...

Maybe next time all drivers should first go to a solidarity class and decide before the race who as the right to cross the line first...or

It is about as valid as the betting scandals in soccer...in fact :

in F1 this is a fact...wait...team manager: "I just got a call from my other boss...too many made bet on Vettel winning" let us change the race outcome because webber winning is cheaper! " yup...no problem I'll just send out code "M21" "

incredible that this is considered normal...F1 ...a joke


April 11, 2013 7:23 PM
Last Edited 514 days ago

Typical attitude to take I suppose if you are of that selfish nature. Nonetheless in such a cut throat sport where there are no points for being a Mr. nice guy it probably is the right attitude to take. Mind you it doesn't say much for the respect held for the team principal. I'm sure there will be nothing but fireworks between these two drivers for the foreseeable future.

Nicolas - Unregistered

April 11, 2013 7:40 PM

I agree with Daniel, be man enough to diapute the team order. Then that would have been a fair race. Which shows that Vettel is indeed not one of the greats even with his three titles.

Alex - Unregistered

April 11, 2013 7:40 PM

Another bias reporting designed to inflame and incite anti-Vettel sentiments.

If one reads/listens to the fuller version of the interview carried on the official F1 website instead of the selectively edited "news" piece from Reuters (which most website carries), it looks quite different.

Ms Britta should train her charge to be more economical with words so he doesn't get blindsided by those who pick and choose what he says with ulterior motive.


April 11, 2013 7:41 PM

So he is telling us his apology was a lie and he just did it to get past the moment.
The man can drive but lacks character. Real champions have both talent and character. He is a race winner but nothing more.

FreeJack - Unregistered

April 11, 2013 7:48 PM

Well, so much for his post-race claims that he didn't know what Multi21 meant, or misunderstood the order to hold station...he just admitted that it was a conscious decision to pass Webber, after he'd done as instructed and turned down his engines. To say Webber didn't "deserve" to win, when he led almost the entire race and held Vettel off after the last pit stop, shows what a total jackass he is. I hope Webber spanks him hard this season.


April 11, 2013 7:55 PM

SV is a three times world Champ in his Mid twenty's.

How did you deal with pressure at that age, make a couple of mistakes? We all do/did.

But without the level of success he has achieved.

I hoped Mark would get a WDC this year and still do.

Will be interesting if Red Bull bring in Team Orders late in the season to ensure this years most successful Driver goes for the WDC!


April 11, 2013 8:10 PM
Last Edited 1033 days ago

Spoken Like a TRUE RACER........ why race if someone might have enough pull to tell you DON'T TRY TO WIN FOR THE TEAM. Webber should apologize to Vettel for whining like a little girl.............."Please tell the other Drivers to hold station so I can be a winner"
As a person with racer's blood flowing through my veins....yes you want to win, will do almost anything to win, except winning because the other drivers let you win....that's the lowest.
Be a man Webber, know you lost the race that day (second is not that offal) then go back to your team and make the necessary improvement's to win the next time out. If you continue to win because your boss tells everyone to stay behind you, you will not improve your racing craft..


Hamilton, should feel disgraced with where he finished, thanks to team orders.

Nico now knows he will never get the same treatment as his teammate in that garage.


April 11, 2013 8:13 PM

freejack. at last! someone agreeing that seb DID in fact turn down his engine. so that two detuned cars were racing.
just watched the interview on tv, and you should view that if you can. he admitted that the 21 instruction was made when he was already doig something, and did not take it in. understandable i suppose at over 200 mph. he went on to explain that webber had not helped him or the team before, when asked.

but some seem to forget that vettel is no longer a star struck kid, but a highly qualified racing driver. so he has grown up.

also interesting is all the talk that webber will not be in rbr next year, or maybe not even in f1, but seb will be in rbr and f1 next year. so asserting his credentials does seem to work.

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