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Vettel heard RBR's 'park' order

Sebastian Vettel is to explain why he ignored calls to park his car in the closing stages of the Malaysian GP - and could face further hot water for gesticulating at Narain Karthikeyan.

World champion Sebastian Vettel is apparently due to sit down with Red Bull team bosses to talk over his decision to ignore messages from the Sepang pit-wall calling on him to park his car in the closing stages of the Malaysian Grand Prix.

The German had dropped out of the points following a brush with Narain Karthikeyan's HRT, before receiving an instruction to park the RB8 with immediate effect. This message was then rescinded, before an even more urgent call repeat the instruction. Vettel, however, decided to ignore all communications, bringing the car home in eleventh place after the luckless Pastor Maldonado dropped out of the points with a couple of laps to run.

“I heard the command and, Of course, you can save the car, but I wanted to see the chequered flag," Vettel was quoted as telling Germany's Auto Motor und Sport, "I think that's how it should be.”

With team's allowed to change gearboxes without penalty if a car has officially retired in the preceding race, many observers saw RBR's move as trying to gain a tactical advantage, but Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko insists that there was nothing underhand in what it was doing.

“After the crash [with Karthikeyan], the temperature of the brakes rose far above the allowed level," Marko told Bild, “We called him in purely because the car was no longer safe. It was not a tactical decision.”

Team principal Christian Horner attempted to counter Vettel's claim that he heard the instructions by reporting that the German had had problems with his radio, but photographs apparently showed the world champion being given the same command via his pit board....

Several former drivers, including racer-turned-commentator Marc Surer, claimed that Vettel had done the right thing by bringing his car to the finish, particularly as the call could have been misconstrued as trying to bend the rules - but not everything the German did in the race met with the same approval.

Having already had his derogatory post-race comments about Karthikeyan widely reported [[see story here], the world champion could face reprisals from the FIA after being filmed making single finger gestures to the Indian while attempting to pass him.

While Vettel has become synonymous with a single-finger gesture after claiming pole position and/or victory, it is a different finger that was raised on this occasion, as the Red Bull man showed his displeasure at having his race ruined by the collision with the HRT. Ironically, it was the RB8's onboard camera that recorded the indiscretion - and not only on one occasion....





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23.03.2012- Free Practice 2, Narain Karthikeyan (IND) HRT Formula 1 Team F112
24.03.2012- Saturday Practice, Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director and Helmut Marko (AUT), Red Bull Racing, Red Bull Advisor
25.03.2012- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8 leads Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E20
24.03.2012- Qualifying, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8
25.03.2012- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8
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27.07.2014- Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10
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27.07.2014- Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
27.07.2014- Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36 leads Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
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27.07.2014- Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 leads Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
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mix - Unregistered

March 28, 2012 11:45 AM

I was quite annoyed by his comment and believe it was one word away from bigotry. Many a footballer got a multi-match ban for less. And as for the "gesture" in the cockpit, he would do well to remember that as he participates in an international sport, some countries regard that worse than others. An Australian footballer (Joel Griffiths)was banned for seven matches by the Chinese soccer association for giving the "finger". Now... which GP is next?



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