F1 » HAVE YOUR SAY: Sebastian Vettel - right or wrong?

The outcome of the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix looks set to divide opinion on Sebastian Vettel, but which side of the fence are you on?

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Ptolemy - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 8:56 AM

Seb was an innocent boy when he entered F1. He was a gentleman and always played fair. And then the older, nastier drivers took advantage of his good will. Webber in Turkey 3 seasons back intentionally crashed BOTH of them to put Vettel in his "place." Whatever that was. And Alonso and Ferrari's constant dirty tricks to get the upper hand like Massa being forced to step aside and let #1 through, or the breaking of Massa's gearbox seal to give Alonso better grid positon. Or how 'bout how Webber didn't assist Seb in the final race last season? He made sure to finish in front of Seb to make it harder for Seb to grasp the title. And Webber's season was done.
Seb is playing by the "Nasty Rules" that have almost got the best of him in the past by giving others unfair advantages. It stands to reason that Vettel must fight this way to. They've set the precedent.

Antonio F. - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 8:57 AM

though i believe that clearly Sebastian was wrong in passing Mark after all the times that Mark has taken one (more than one time) for the team i think i understand Seb's point of view after all i admire Ayrton Senna and he was a believer that winning is everything and the only thing.

Bevo17 - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 9:02 AM

Vettel has clearly compromised the team ethos that drives ultimate success. Vettel is very smart though and now has the win knowing the team will only give him a slap on the wrist, if that. The team need to act and dish up a fitting penalty. His lack of regard and respect for both Christian and Mark will not be easily brushed over and could prove to have a destabilising affect on the whole team. Professionalism will see them present a united front in China although the undercurrent will be obvious.

Ptolemy - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 9:03 AM

Vettel is a fighter, not a cruiser. Thats the problem. You put a pissed off tiger in a cage of baboons and what are you gonna get? **** flying, carnage, and in the end the Tiger is gonna be licking his lips.
You can't hold a tiger down. He is a wild beast and can't help himself. And he has the means to make it happen.


March 25, 2013 9:04 AM

I have always been against team orders as I believe that racing should be exactly that. To call team orders with 10 laps to go seemed very premature. If Vettel had followed team orders everyone would be saying that F1 is a farce and what a boring race it was with two teams in the lead playing follow the leader. I want to see racing not a procession.

However, as there was an agreement by both drivers prior to the race it was wrong to break that agreement. Such agreements are bad for the sport and should be banned.

Jinf - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 9:06 AM

It won't make any difference to Vettel within the team, he is the better driver & RB will get behind him when the time comes.
Winning the WC isn't about being Mr Nice.

It is better that the fastest/best driver wins on the day, (who cares about the constructors championship), no team orders would be better for F1.

Stavros - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 9:10 AM

Vettel is obviously free to do as he likes, and after Sunday so too is Webber. Right or wrong, that's the bed Vettel has now made for himself.

What I don't get was why Mark didn't take the opportunity to close Vettel down in the closing stages when his tyres were in better shape. Sure, Vettels medium compound would have had more pace in them when he got by Webber but by race end Webbers tyres should have been better. Why did Mark do the team thing and put no pressure on Vettel at the end and force Vettel to wear his tyres out and perhaps make a mistake?

mikeas7@msn.com - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 9:12 AM

I don't like team orders ... makes a farce of racing (but then so does Pirelli!) I also hold no candle for either driver.

The issue here is about a fair fight.

Mark turned his engine down and allowed Seb to catch up to the back of him, knowing he was no threat to his position.

If he knew he had to defend his position, he would have done his best to keep Seb 4 secs or so back. Instead Seb sneaked up behind him and then mugged him!

Simply put - this is dirty, low down and very non-sporting. I now see Seb in a very different light - to me he is now a bit of a Lance Armstong character.

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