F1 » Brundle: Red Bull has a major problem

Martin Brundle says that Sebastian Vettel's outburst in Shanghai has left Red Bull with a major problem on its hands for the rest of the 2013 F1 season

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pete - Unregistered

April 11, 2013 7:44 PM

The most troubling sentence stated by Brundle was the fact that RBR under fuels their cars - Which I'm sure is the case with other teams and the root cause of this cruising around a track at a predetermined lap time because the tires won't last at a 10/10th speed.


Anonymous - Unregistered

April 11, 2013 7:50 PM

Why should Vettel obey team orders? Its the third race of the season and hes a triple world champion next to his teammate, who, quite honestly, has looked pathetic in comparison the past 2 years, especially in 2011. Webber has never helped him, so Vettel should not even think of doing the same.

FreeJack - Unregistered

April 11, 2013 7:51 PM

I don't see the problem. It makes Webber aware that Vettel isn't going to play by team orders, so he can feel free to ignore them now, too...and we can just get some real, legitimate racing from now on. Then Vettel can PROVE that Webber doesn't "deserve" wins and Webber can try to prove that on his day, he can absolutely outrace Vettel. To me, the incident might have been the best thing that could have happened to Red Bull. Now we'll hopefully get actual racing.

Alex - Unregistered

April 11, 2013 7:55 PM

exactly Mark. That's what Seb said, in response to a question, but was intentionally left out by Reuters reporter probably to inflame the situation further.

The F1 official website runs a fuller version of the interview but most website carries the Reuters copy.

KevinW - Unregistered

April 11, 2013 8:00 PM

I honestly do not understand this continued media beating of the drum on this issue. This is now a complete non-issue within the team, as you can see from their comments. Mark is not quitting, never said he was going to. Seb is not going to be sanctioned or punished, and owes no-one outside his team any apology - if that. Horner is still in charge. In fact, there are a few of us who feel that what Seb did is good for the sport - as it has made team orders look even more stupid than ever. Red Bull is making the right call being rid of them. If anyone is going to see an implication it will be any team who believes that this will slow RBR in any way, or weaken them in the championship - as Seb said, all this noise covered the reality that they did quite well in the race - on tires and fuel. Missing that point is going to cost someone, and it ain't Red Bull.

chrian - Unregistered

April 11, 2013 8:14 PM

I don't have a problem with him racing to the end. I have a problem with the hypocracy of him agreeing with team orders in the first place, if he never intended to obey them. Vettel apparently feels that team orders only work one way.

That might be fine, but he had an obligation to say that to begin with, not just wait until it was inconvenient.

I hope Vettel spends a lot of time in gravel traps from here on out.

Chris - Unregistered

April 11, 2013 9:07 PM

I disagree with Martin on this, they have never seen eye to eye and basicaly this is the first time that Seb has stood up and shown his side. The team should never have tried to stop a 3 times WDC from winning. It was time that Seb said something, now its out it will be up to Mark.


April 11, 2013 9:40 PM

@ Chris "It was time that Seb said something, now its out it will be up to Mark"

Good post - I am really looking forward to this weekend - the gloves are off - let's see who wants it more and is actually, more capable.

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