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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Simon - Unregistered

April 12, 2013 9:14 AM

@Rob. Dude are you high? Vettel has just ensured that the TV ratings for F1sky-rocket and any potential sponsor will throw money at him and Redbull.

Win or lose SV has 3 titles and in one move has become a world wide topic of discussion even amongst non F1 followers.

You want to be the best, you have to have attitude!!

Michael Groves - Unregistered

April 12, 2013 9:20 AM

Most of you have side-stepped the point.

This isn't team-orders in the traditional sense. For years, F1 teams have operated a policy that, unless one driver mathematically cannot win the title, if running 1-2 when exiting the final round of pit stops then the drivers turn their engines down and finish in position. With eight engines, one gearbox for five races, under-fuelling and tyres that are inconsistent at best, this is an absolute must!

What if Vettel had done Mark, both raced each other, tyres went off the cliff and they finished fifth and sixth?! What if Vettel's engine had blown? Yes, I know its ifs and buts, but had it happened he'd have looked even sillier than he already does!

He's put himself in a difficult position, because whilst Webber didn't make it easy for him in Brazil last year if he needs support later this year he aint gonna get it! Webber will almost certainly quit, but for Seb I worry that if Red Bull hire a quick replacement, he's gonna be hoping Ferrari off

Chris - Unregistered

April 12, 2013 9:45 AM

Seems some of you have selective reading and hearing, Mark engine was never turned down, not at all, that statement was made by Red Bull. Mark has never obeyed team orders, that's well known, its only now that the shoe is on the other foot that Mark chose to make a meal of it via his grumpy attitude after the race. This incident was the best thing to happen to Seb, he is now out the closet and spoken his mind, Mark is going to need to deal with the truth, his team mate is now going to wipe the floor with him.

KevinW - Unregistered

April 12, 2013 5:10 PM

Seb should be partly credited with bringing this stupid issue to a head - now both RBR and Merc have announcing no more team orders! Thank you! Now, if someone can figure a way to get rid of the junk Pirelli tires, if not Pirelli altogether, we'd be on the way to real F1 racing again!

Texas Roadhouse

April 12, 2013 5:48 PM

Buzz - fully agree regarding the conduct of Clark, Hill etc - in those times, not just because of the inherent dangers, there was a mutual respect on track between drivers - but then that attitude pervaded through society (certainly in the UK). Today that seems to have , if not gone, then greatly diminished. Different times, different attitudes - but sad that personal standards are not what they were. As for Mr. Vettel - well the old saying "What goes around, comes around" seems very appropriate right now. I wonder if, with hindsight at season's end, he will regret his actions

Texas Roadhouse

April 12, 2013 8:40 PM

richard - there are, as you know, ways, and ways, to win. If winning is all that matters, then maybe he will (bless himself).
Personally, in my sports (even now), I prefer to know I am competing "clean". Coming first, knowing something was not right wouldn't feel like a true win. But that's just me, and I'm sure there are those who would define that as a "loser".

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