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Jenson Button surprised by Sebastian Vettel's comments that he would go against team orders again in future

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take it or leave it - Unregistered

April 11, 2013 6:19 PM

Logical statement Mark. But i believe the pace what Lewis was setting was not expected by the team remember at one time he was catching Vettel so it is more that the Mercs would have worked out the lap times Lewis should be doing ie his race pace and would have fueled him accordingly pre the race but Mercs was not expecting the pace f1's fastest was setting and when realizing the fuel predicted before the race would not sustain Lewis's raw pace they had no choice but to ask him to save fuel bringing Nico back into play . I believe this happened to Lewis before with Mclaren at Silverstone 2011 with Massa catching Lewis on the line with Hammi just holding him off

Sandman - Unregistered

April 11, 2013 7:22 PM

I do think the Red Bull and Mercedes situations are slightly different. Red Bull is now clearly the best team. They've won championships, they have what appears to be the best car. Mercedes has had a lot of hype, but very few results. As such, I think it was more reasonable for them to be very conservative to get the cars to the finish with a great result. If they had a car run out of gas, it would have been a disaster for the team. Red Bull, on the other hand, has been through it before, has dealt with adversity and been fine, so I don't think they needed (nor should have) been so conservative with team orders.

Pete - Unregistered

April 11, 2013 7:24 PM

@take it or leave it. I understand your point, however, today's F1 is not run at a flat out pace. Everyone is set at a pace equal to 8.5 to 9/10ths in order to save the tires - an allotment that is rationed and predictably, a team is aiming for a certain amount of pit stops.
It appears Lewis is exceeding that 8.5 to 9/10s pace in order to gain track position which leaves him short on both fuel and tires at the end of the race. Nico did a better job with race management, but was penalized by his team by not being able to overtake. LH comments on podium spoke volumes.

Pete - Unregistered

April 11, 2013 7:28 PM

My solution would be for the FIA to allow Pirelli to supply as many sets of tires to each team as they desire. As such, we could see some teams continue to conserve their tires and/or fuel in order to decrease their amount of pit stop, but conversely, we might see teams that opt for a higher number of pit stops in order to run a pace at 10/10s. In the end, no one would know what strategy others were on and this whole anti-climatic end to the races after the final pit stops would be resolved leaving everyone in suspense until the very end.

FreeJack - Unregistered

April 11, 2013 8:04 PM

Red Bull HAS to say "no team orders" because after that incident, and Vettel's comments, there's not a snowball's chance in Hades that either Webber or Vettel are going to obey any order to hold station and not race each other. These two are going to be at each others' throats this season, and I'm looking forward to it.

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