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Malaysian GP – The incident – Webber – A defence of Sebastian Vettel

Posted in F1 with tags , , on March 25, 2013 by James O'Connor

The incident 

Unless you’ve been living under a rock since yesterday – a dramatic and controversial race in Malaysia yesterday was won by Sebastian Vettel after he ignored team orders to stay in position behind Mark Webber,who was leading the grand prix. 

It all began to start on Lap 26 when Vettel said the following on team radio “Mark is too slow, get him out of the way”. Red Bull ignored his request.

Then after Vettel pitted on Lap 42,Webber pitted on Lap 43. He came out just in front of the German.

After surviving that initial attack,Seb got through a couple of laps later after an incredible scrap and went on to win comfortably.

Webber was obviously massively unhappy after the race 

I don’t feel sorry for Mark Webber

Does Webber have the right though to be that unhappy? No,in my opinion. I don’t feel sorry for him as the next bit show why. Clear double standards and ”memory loss” from Webber. He just got beaten by a better driver on the day and the previous three years. 

Let’s rewind the clock back to Silverstone 2011. Vettel was in second with Webber in third nearing the end of the race. The team said to Mark to back it off,but he didn’t. He failed to overtake though.

Webber said this after the race – “Of course I ignored the team because I wanted to try and get a place. Seb was doing his best, I was doing my best. I wasn’t going to crash with anyone.”

Defence of Sebastian Vettel

So,I now move on to Vettel’s part in this drama today.

He was told by Horner on the radio to maintain position. Also known as ”multi 21.”

However,he didn’t do that and went on to overtake Webber after a huge scrap between them. He then pulled away to take a comfortable win.

Should he have ignored the team? Probably not and it could be a mistake come the end of the year if he needs help from Webber. I can completely understand why he did it though.

With Fernando Alonso,the man most likely to be his main championship rival in 2013 out of the race,Sebastian needed to take full advantage of that,and he did. Brilliantly in fact.

Those 7 extra points could be massive at the end of the 2013 championship.

It was brilliant and quite refreshing to see someone ignore team orders and just go for it. Vettel showed his speed and class today. He showed once again how good he now is at racing wheel-to-wheel and getting the overtakes done.

I don’t want to see boring processions and I want to thank Sebastian for doing what he did today. That’s why I watch Formula One. To see thrilling,side-by-side action and no team orders ruining it for us. It’s a massive shame Rosberg didn’t do the same.

F1 is about winning and not trying to please the fans. Sebastian is doing a great job and today just confirmed to me how much I respect the guy. He grabbed that race like Schumacher,Alonso or Senna would have and took the win.

Vettel is a human being like all of us,we all make mistakes.

Double standards and hypocrites on social media

I’ve been on twitter for about 4 years now. Clearly there is a lot of silly people on their who hate drivers so much and really are a tarnish on the sport. The main one seems to be Vettel,which showed today.

Alonso has cried on the radio so many times in the last few years when he has been stuck behind Massa. However,not many people complained too much about it.

However,when Vettel asked RBR to do something to move Webber out of the way,twitter exploded with anger. Stuff like ”it’s your job to overtake.” Complete and utter hypocrisy from people on twitter.

Then when Vettel does pass Webber,he is a ”cheat”,a ”n**i”,and should be banned for a race even. Pathetic.

Just because Sebastian is German and a bloody great driver,people get mad when he wins. It’s a disgrace. It was the same with Michael Schumacher. It’s not their fault they have dominated in recent times.

When Alonso complains and cries on the radio,it’s fine. When Massa moves out of the way,it’s fine.

The ”fans” love him even though he never takes the blame and plays stupid mind games. I don’t like Alonso’s behaviour,but I respect him because he is very talented.

The same goes with the ”fans” for Webber. He was a hero for ignoring team orders in 2011 at the British Grand Prix. Today,Vettel got hammered for doing exactly the same thing. A load of hypocrites all over twitter.

I just find it disgraceful and a worry as ”fans” get more like football ”fans”. Vettel is a special talent who should be admired for what he is achieving in the sport right now. I hope some ”fans” take a long look in the mirror and realise soon how lucky they are to see Vettel racing during their lifetime.