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Very simple situation. Take away all the fluff and the bluster and the rubbish. Vettel defied an order direct from his team. Nothing else matters really at this stage. Racing is dead? Perhaps. F1 is a commercial entity, not a sport any more. But the team principle's #1 focus is getting a 1-2 finish at every race to win the constructors championship. THAT is what pays the money. Yes, drivers have egos and unless you're paid/beating into submission (Massa the former, Barrichello the latter) you want to win races, but you CANNOT defy your employer. Red Bull had the 1-2 finish, Webber just so happened to be in front. Red Bull were content to let it stand (hell, they owe Webber a couple), but Vettel wasn't and directly risked 48 points. Vettel had no excuse, and this time he didn't even have Marko to back him up.

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