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Ecclestone: Vettel was right to ignore Red Bull orders

Bernie Ecclestone: I always say, show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser. Sebastian is not a loser. Sebastian is a winner
F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has come to the defence of the under-fire Sebastian Vettel in the wake of the Malaysian Grand Prix controversy.

Vettel had been instructed to hold station, but ignored team orders and battled pass team-mate, Mark Webber with eleven laps remaining. His actions caused much friction within the Red Bull camp, and while he visited the team's Milton Keynes base on Thursday and apologised in person, Ecclestone has said it is the mark of a true champion and a winner to exploit every opportunity that comes ones way.

“If I was Sebastian Vettel, having won three World Championships for the team and somebody came on the radio and started giving me instructions, I'd probably do exactly the same as Kimi Raikkonen did when he came back and they gave him some instructions. I'd say, 'I know what I'm doing',” Ecclestone told Sky Sports F1.

“I always say, show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser. Sebastian is not a loser. Sebastian is a winner.”

Ecclestone meanwhile also dismissed talk the team should take disciplinary action against their number one driver.

F1 veteran John Watson said earlier this week that Red Bull should suspend Vettel for one race for his failure to comply at Sepang [see separate story]. Ecclestone, however, doesn't agree: “I don't think I'd give that any consideration. I'd say to Sebastian, 'In future don't make me look an idiot',” Mr E added.

“But they [Red Bull] don't care who wins. They want to win the Championship. For them what difference does it make?”




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Kakao - Unregistered

March 29, 2013 12:38 PM

Webber after Silverstone 2011: “I am not fine with it. No. That's the answer to that,” the Australian said when asked if he understood the team's decision. “If Fernando retires on the last lap we are battling for the victory so I was fine until the end. Of course I ignored the team as I want to try and get another place. Seb was doing his best and I was doing my best. “I don't want to crash with anyone, but that was it. I tried to do my best with the amount of conversation I had. One-way conversation obviously as I wasn't talking too much back. “There was a lot of traffic coming to me, but I was still trying to do my best to pass the guy in front.” It's all plain and simple: Webber has ignored orders in the past. If I remember correctly, everyone praised him for that. "That's it Mark. Defy the team and their spoilt brat". So MW can disobbey and SV can't. Why the double standards? To those who claim MW won't help SV anymore, tell me, what difference it will make? He's never helped S

Kakao - Unregistered

March 29, 2013 12:39 PM

To those who claim MW won't help SV anymore, tell me, what difference it will make? He's never helped Seb. Last year he tried his best to impede his third WDC, by letting FA through and then holding SV, or trying to get him out of the track. It's not just me saying, there are images to prove that. It was clear for the world to see. And the team took no actions against him. However, haters will use everything they can to put Seb down. Next time MW ignores team orders, they'll support him for some unkown reason, and still attack Seb. It doesn't matter in which side Seb is, he's always wrong. Just because he's accomplished "too much" for a guy that is not British, and got everything that "should belong to a certain British driver". Poor Webber, in the end, he doesn't have many supporters here, just people using him as an excuse to hate another guy.



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