Sebastian Vettel has expressed his support for Valentino Rossi in the wake of his controversial coming together with Marc Marquez in a dramatic Malaysian MotoGP last weekend, though other opinions amongst F1 drivers have been mixed.

With Rossi and Marquez's remarkable coming together at Sepang making waves across motorsport and beyond, a selection of F1 drivers - many of which have previously expressed themselves as being fans of Rossi - were quizzed on their views of the incident ahead of the Mexican Grand Prix.

In Vettel's eyes, Rossi 'did the right thing' in going up against Marquez and expects him to come back fighting in the final round at Valencia, despite starting from the rear of the grid.

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"I think he still has the chance [at the title], he is a fighter and it's in his nature," the Ferrari driver said. "Even if after the race it sounded like he is giving up, he will be fighting and giving everything he has. I think he did the absolute right thing in Malaysia. I know Jorge as well and Marc a little bit and they are very good guys, but I think Valentino did the right thing."

Having tweeted a photo in support of Rossi ahead of the MotoGP race, Nico Rosberg - who has this week been the subject of his own controversy following a clash with Lewis Hamilton in the United States -, refused to be drawn on his views, though he maintains he will support the Yamaha rider heading into the finale.

"Would I still tweet that now?, he responded when asked by Crash.net whether stands by the rider. "As a race driver I have a very good insight into what goes on in your head, but I don't want to comment. The footage doesn't show all of the details and people think this and that. It is not clear what really happened, so of course unfortunate to say the least that Marquez went down. Not good.

Williams' Felipe Massa, meanwhile, has landed on the side of Marquez, saying Rossi's action was a 'big mistake', even if he feels the Italian is still capable of prevailing from the back in Valencia.

"I am a big fan of Valentino, but he made a mistake! I understand that it is creating a big political issue to help him, but looking at it he is waiting for the other one to do the corner and then his feet just move over. He made a mistake.

"It is much easier to start last in the bikes than the cars. They have just four bikes, which is really better than the others, so it is easier for him to arrive. We need to see if Lorenzo will win or not, but I still think he can fight."

Rossi leads Lorenzo by seven points heading of what is expected to be a dramatic Valencia finale, but will be forced to start from the back of the grid after the three penalty points he acquired for the incident means he has accumulated enough to result in a grid punishment.

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I like Vettel more after the reading this!

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OldContinentSux: FIM statement "fully respects the spirit of fair play." MM didn't do that he should have been penalised period.[\blockquote]

Innocent till proven guilty.

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93's laptimes in PI were weird. That his front tire "came back to him" is also weird. He finally magically closed up to Lorenzo and passed. weird. 46 wanted to make a point. A private comment would not have had an effect. He had to clear that in public by saying "please let me and 99 alone next time" , don't hold us up. 93 was understandibly offended. 46 should have avoided controversy about helping 99 as it was far fetched. The core of the message was reiterated: "let us all ride our own race next

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It backfired. in Malysia. The proud 93 wanted to make a point. First 93 made a braking mistake and let 99 through. No action. 46 closed in. Then a completely ridiculous battle, in which 93 was mostly in front blocking. the laptimes and sector times are not lying. Non value added, lethal passes that could have caused a serious accident at this speed. 46 decides to cool 93 and restart the rest of the race. While going wide, 93 overcooked, accelerated into 46's knee. Maybe something touched the brakelever and 93 fell. If so unintensionally for sure. 46 pushed back the helmet, helmet or bike with his knee as a prorective reflex and rode away. Looking back to try and understand why 93 fell. End of story. End of championship.

almost..

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