F1 » Ecclestone slams Red Bull for driver feud

Bernie Ecclestone hits out at Red Bull for causing the issues that have developed between Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel following the Malaysian Grand Prix

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caroline - Unregistered

March 26, 2013 10:21 AM

There shouldn't be team orders this early in the season, and Vettel is a racing driver, not just a driver of racing cars, so he went for the win, as it should be.

I felt sorry for Nico, being ordered to sacrifice his race to protect the very slow Hamilton.

oldtimer - Unregistered

March 26, 2013 10:30 AM

I don't think there should be team orders but the teams need both cars to finish so they can finish as high up in the constructors championship as possible because that means a larger share of the money at the end of the season. Also having two so called number ones works against the team because they take points off each other. However in this case Vettel is number one and Webber no matter how good he may be is there to get good points for the team so they can win the constructors championship It's worked for them so far and I don't see that changing especially as this is Webbers last year at Redbull.

piercarlogassolini - Unregistered

March 26, 2013 10:30 AM

I'm so old-school I often appear to be in sepia, so I'm a big believer in 'The team's the thing'. sunday just demonstrated to me that Mercedes has a team ethic that Red Bull lacks - and, listening to Ross Brawn versus Christian Horner, I know who I'd take more notice of, Horner sounds like a failed Geography teacher trying to tell a six foot six year elebven oik off for smoking.

Helpful - Unregistered

March 26, 2013 10:39 AM

Agreed! Whislt Vettel was in the wrong, it is the system that causes the frustration in the first place. I like the sarcy email going around along the lines of a press artcile...

"Just go round and round for a bit'
Footage of the Malaysian Grand Prix allegedly shows Sebastian Vettel operating his car in the manner of someone trying to win.
The resulting controversy has left everyone not obsessed by Formula One deeply confused.
A Red Bull team spokesman said: “We take allegations of racing extremely seriously.
“Drivers must remember that this is not a sport but a deeply weird and monotonous pre-programmed entertainment experience that is completely incomprehensible to sane people.

F1 Classic - Unregistered

March 26, 2013 10:48 AM

No sense at all. If there is no cost, development, tyres, or engine limitation, then any driver could go for it. The problem is that their are limitations to the number of engines, number of tyres, etc that teams are forced to preserve whatever they can and if they think that being conservative in a race would be more beneficial then it is within their right as a team to employ tactics that would create a better outcome for themselves. The teams spend the money and Bernie takes it. Anything he says only benefits himself, his pockets, daughters, and businesses.


March 26, 2013 11:03 AM

The problem is the current rules and strategy that teams employ. They cannot race from start to finish as the teams do not put enough fuel in the cars to do so, they also cannot race from start to finish as the tyre strategy does not allow for that. If they want to sort out the fuel issue then give all teams a minimum of fuel that the cars must carry for the race, this will stop the need for fuel conservation. If tyres are an issue then enforce a minimum amount of pitstops. Then you might be able to get teams to race from start to finish. Without this the top teams will just want to get to the front and control the race, the fuel and the tyres.

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