Sebastian Vettel wins the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix

2013 Malaysian Grand Prix summary

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Sepang, 2013Sebastian Vettel led a one-two for Red Bull in the Malaysian Grand Prix.

But there were clear signs of disharmony in the team after Vettel muscled his way past team mate Mark Webber in the final stint.

“You’ll have some explaining to do,” said race engineer Guillaume Rocquelin to him as his returned to the pits. Webber directed an angry glare at his team mate and said “multi 21, Seb?” as they waited to go onto the podium. He’d raised a middle finger at his team mate following the pass.

Webber took the lead of the race after Vettel made an early pit stop to switch from intermediate tyres. In the middle part of the race Vettel urged the team to move Webber out of the way as they came under threat from the two Mercedes.

But the threat from the silver cars receded as Lewis Hamilton was repeatedly told to save fuel. Team orders shaped that battle too, with Ross Brawn repeatedly ordering Nico Rosberg not to overtake his team mate. Unlike Vettel, Rosberg complied.

Felipe Massa was the only Ferrari in the points after Fernando Alonso went out on the second lap. He damaged his front wing trying to overtake Vettel, chose not to pit to have it changed, and paid the price when it failed on the pit straight.

The two Lotus drivers finished sixth and seventh, Romain Grosjean ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, the latter having two off-track moments at turn 12 during the race.

Sergio Perez finished ninth behind Nico Hulkenberg after a late pit stop. Team mate Jenson Button was running in the upper reaches of the points until his race was spoiled by an error in the pits. Jean-Eric Vergne claimed the final point.

A full report will be published here later.

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132 comments on Sebastian Vettel wins the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix

  1. Aditya (@adityafakhri) said on 24th March 2013, 10:12

    Adrian Newey and Christian Horner will have a bad headache. Multi 21 Seb, Multi 21.

  2. Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 24th March 2013, 10:13

    Most awkward podium ever.

    That being said, damn Ferrari; so disappointing today.

    • Ha! Alonso should have pitted bu the team was not ready, tough luck. :D

      Stupid race though, one of the worst of the season, Alonso going off took away all the entertainment value, I’ll agree with you. I missed the podium, what was so awkward about it?

      • Aditya (@adityafakhri) said on 24th March 2013, 10:35

        I personally think that Alonso deliberately to do that, because the track dried up quickly and he was waiting for slicks tyre time. but if that the case, I’m wrong.

        • Alonso should of pitted but webber cutting him up that finished off the wing was very naughty and we have seen penalties for much less.

          Speaking of which today showed a massive lack of consistency in penalties.

          1. Webbers move on alonso.
          2. The pit incident between caterham and STR being investigated after the race. why? that wouldnt happen if it was merc vs RBR.
          3. Kimi crossed the white line exiting pits.
          4. Tho i have no problem with it. i see no difference between webbers squeezing of seb to wall to Michael doing it to Rubens. Personally both are fine but you cant penalise one and not the other.

          Tho overall sad at merc didnt let nico go. if it was for good of the team they would of told lewis to stay behind when rosberg passed him. But they didnt. Mercs attitude for me was worse than RBR.

          • Proesterchen (@proesterchen) said on 24th March 2013, 10:48

            I actually thought that was a brilliant move by WEB, having his wake finish ALO’s wing (and race).

          • are you serious?

          • Guilherme (@guilherme) said on 24th March 2013, 11:02

            Are you serious? Are you blaming Webber’s wake for Alonso’s retirement?! Perhaps you should lay the blame on Ferrari for gambling on staying out on track with a wing hanging by only one support pylon. Furthermore, are you aware of the enormous load that is applied on the front wing during braking? I’m pretty sure that’s what caused the failure. Personaly, I doubt Webber noticed or figured out he would finish Alonso’s wing using his aero wake, and even he did, why should he care if Alonso elected to continue depite having a clearly damaged car?

          • i did say alonso should of pitted, no question. But webber did move across him. Wing damaged or not, which then ended his race. Thats what happened. We have seen penalties for that. Mark had no need to do that. Im talking about consistency in rules which currently there is not.

            The wing would of broken totally earlier in the lap under the heavier stress points if it was going to.

            Yes alonso should of pitted 100%.

          • Proesterchen (@proesterchen) said on 24th March 2013, 11:25

            Yes, I’m serious about the route cause of the final, catastrophic failure (the wing was stable for almost a lap in clean air and had held on at higher speeds, it disintegrated the very moment WEB moved his car to the right in front of ALO; I’d argue that instead of the total loads, it’s the massive, rapid change of loads that put the system over the edge) and that it’d be a brilliant thing to do, had it indeed been intentional.

            No, I’m not blaming WEB, it’s clearly Ferrari’s and ALO’s fault for not coming in and replacing the broken wing.

          • you said its a brilliant move by webber. that was my are you serious comment. He would of looked really clever if alonso had slammed into the back of him when his wing broke.

            Alonso should of pitted. But webber ended his race with his move, tho it wasnt on purpose. But was needless.

          • panache (@panache) said on 25th March 2013, 8:22

            It is absolute madness trying to blame Webber for Alonso’s retirement. Nothing more to say.

        • smokinjoe (@smokinjoe) said on 24th March 2013, 10:47

          yes that the only logical reason i can think off but with broken wings and sparks flying off i dont think alonso could make it more then one lap, they should have pitted him ,for once alonso got it wrong

          • LosD (@losd) said on 24th March 2013, 11:14

            Alonso can’t see his front wing at all, so he had no chance to know how bad it was.

            This one sits 100% on the team.

        • @adityafakhri You are correct, that’s what happened.

    • Tifoso1989 (@tifoso1989) said on 24th March 2013, 10:21

      Given Massa’s recovery today, the decision of not pitting Alonso in the first lap costs them valuable points in both drivers and constructors championships

      • if alonso had been in the mix, merc/RBR wouldnt of been able to play their silly games. But alonso was to blame for the initial damage to the wing, but not the accident itself.

    • Yes, it took a little of the race, well if it is possible to take anything from nothing. The Ferraris weren’t good enough so pretty much irrelevant.

  3. auto_freak (@auto_freak) said on 24th March 2013, 10:16

    Now you can see the true differences between Vettel and Hamilton’s character. Hamilton acknowledges his team-mate’s better drive whereas Vettel remains ungrateful and devastatingly ruthless. Team Orders in F1 are back in full force and I’m also glad that Lewis has finally found a team that stands by him, sad for Nico though. Great racing, just wish Alonso didn’t have a DNF.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 24th March 2013, 10:21

      Team orders are not “back”, they were never really gone. But it does show how teams can run into trouble using them, and its good this gets out in the open.

      It will make for a very interesting dynamics in both teams. Not sure Brundle was right about Hamilton having something in his contract giving him 1st driver status, but its clear Rosberg will be testing the limits.

    • Proesterchen (@proesterchen) said on 24th March 2013, 10:22

      Are you arguing for slower drivers coming in ahead of their team mates thanks to team orders?

    • MNM101 (@mnm101) said on 24th March 2013, 10:24

      first thing is first, Respect to HAM for acknowledging ROS, as far as as Red Bull, just to remind you mark ignored team orders at Silverstone 2011 and attacked VET and couldnt make it stick and no one hacked at him for that, now that VET ignores team orders, passes WEB fairly and they give us one of the best battles in recent years, he is at fault? talk about double standarts.
      Seb pulled off one of the bravest moves i can remember anyone doing… Props to him and a well deserved win

      • Proesterchen (@proesterchen) said on 24th March 2013, 10:27

        +1

      • NickV (@nickv) said on 24th March 2013, 10:30

        Dont foreget that Vettel was asking for team orders earlier in the race so its hypocritical from Vettel

        • Tifoso1989 (@tifoso1989) said on 24th March 2013, 10:35

          +100

        • MNM101 (@mnm101) said on 24th March 2013, 10:36

          it actually made sense, it was the middle of the race,towards the end of the stint, they both had to conserve tyres(Seb’s tyres were in better shape), if Seb had attacked they would both ruin their tyres, if he had slowed down to get some free air Lewis would overtake him. so if mark had let him past, and pitted immediately, Seb would have free air to put in laptimes and Mark would still be in front of Lewis after the stops

        • I wouldn’t say he “asked” for team orders at all. He demanded his team to take care of his business for him, using an extremely condescending tone. Not a good look for him!

      • Sumedh said on 24th March 2013, 10:39

        +2!

        I remember the praise Webber got for Silverstone 2011. Praise for Vettel today for doing the same..

      • bookgrub (@bookgrub) said on 24th March 2013, 10:48

        In 2011 team orders were illegal.

        All Vettel has shown today is that he puts himself ahead of the team. There are a lot of people who work for Red Bull F1 who will not be at all impressed by that attitude, nor as quick to forgive as yourself.

      • geekracer2000 (@geekracer2000) said on 24th March 2013, 10:55

        Ha! He was put on the spot there, no way he would acknowledge Rosberg otherwise.

  4. My key takeaways from the race:
    1) The Lotuses were not strong in the wet, similar to Q3. Is that a car issue or a setup issue?
    2) Red Bull’s team radio about gaps and the tires were interesting. It sounds like within a 2second or so gap of the car in front tire wear increases.
    3) It’ll be interesting to see if the RB/Merc team conflicts flares up again later in the season. Reminiscent of a certain Turkey race. Hopefully “Multi 21″ is the new “Not bad for a number two driver eh?”
    4) A bit anticlimactic finish after an incredible 40 or so laps. Hard to judge the performance of RB vs. Mercedes given the difference at the end compared to how close they were initially. Would have been incredible if Alonso was still going.

    My speculation:
    I’m wonder if we’re seeing a couple teams on the borders of tire temperatures and wear. If the Lotus generates less heat into the tire but then can’t heat the inters enough, it would explain their wet performance. It could also explain why Red Bull were concerned about the gaps. When you get into the dirty air behind a car, the tires will get less cooling. Pure speculation and I have actual evidence for any of that.

    • BaKano (@bakano) said on 24th March 2013, 11:02

      My opinion is that pace from Lotus on the wet is not extraordinary but too early to say it is bad. However that together with the starting position, killed their race. They made one less pit stop but unlike Melbourne the pace here reflected that (just see how much time Massa gained on them with new Medium tyres), but the time lost in the initial part of the race hurt them throughout the race. Because they spent the majority of it fighting with the pack, could never stretch their legs and used the tyres due to it.
      If they are to fight for race wins, they need to rise up their game in qualifying.

  5. Wallbreaker (@wallbreaker) said on 24th March 2013, 10:18

    Everyone’s talking about the heat in Malaysia but there was some ice age on the podium today.

    • What do you mean Ice Age on podium? damn I missed the podium, sounds like the only interesting part I missed today.

    • Klaas (@klaas) said on 24th March 2013, 11:39

      I agree, it’s like they were at a funeral not a celebration. Not even a smile.
      What an anticlimatic finish to a race that was expected to be sooo exciting. I think (hope) this race will get the lowest rating this season.
      The only good thing about this race was Bianchi – his 13th place could ensure Marussia’s 10th place in the WCC. In a race with so many retirements it was essential to finish in front of the Caterhams. Bravo Jules! Driver of the weekend for me.

  6. paul flinders said on 24th March 2013, 10:19

    Feel so sorry for mark webber. Did everything right in the race and for the TEAM!!! just a shame vettel didnt.!!!!

  7. ngelo said on 24th March 2013, 10:19

    seb was greedy

  8. ScuderiaVincero (@scuderiavincero) said on 24th March 2013, 10:20

    Probably the most tension between podium finishers since Senna and Prost. O.O

  9. carbon_fibre (@carbon_fibre) said on 24th March 2013, 10:20

    Don’t be such cry babies, guys.Yes, Nico deserved 3rd place ,Hamilton admitted that. It is not like Mercedes is going to win a championship.Rosberg only lost 3 points.Plus, its very early in the season.We didn’t get to see one overtake between two strong team mates ,so what?
    Team orders are part of the game. Get over it.

    • if it was team orders for the good of the team why didnt lewis stay behind when nico passed him?? Nico was quicker.

      It was ‘lewis is no.1, nico whoever you are stay put boy’

      Team orders are fine. But that was team orders that made the team suffer. And like you say if they arent going to win title then why not let nico have ago at the RBR?

      • Jason (@jason12) said on 24th March 2013, 20:51

        ‘Let Nico go at the RBRs’ – really??
        It was obvious to the team and everyone else, but you, that Nico was never gonna catch the Redbulls.

  10. ivz (@ivz) said on 24th March 2013, 10:20

    Lesson learnt for Ferrari. Alonso would have been luckier if the whole wing broke off early, and lost a heap of time driving back to the pits and being forced to take on a new wing, at least he would have still been in the race. He of all people knows it only takes a few points to lose a championship. Had it been just the end plate that fell off or something, yeah, keep going until they need to pit for slicks, but with the wing hanging off like that, far too risky. Its amazing that he managed to keep in front of Webber for almost a whole lap! That was also false hope, probably felt like he could have pushed just for an extra lap. Bad call by Ferrari.

  11. Eggry (@eggry) said on 24th March 2013, 10:20

    the comment of Vettel is disgusting(not deliberately, big mistake, apologies…). I’m pretty sure Red Bull would be never able to tame Vettel because he think he has the immunity while Webber doesn’t. Darker day of Red Bull than Turkey 2010.

    • Tifoso1989 (@tifoso1989) said on 24th March 2013, 10:30

      Even in the radio in the middle of the race he said “he is too slow,Get him out of my way !!!!”,and it was not the case after that Mark responded with a fastest lap of the race
      that’s disrespectful for a driver with the experience and the age of Mark Webber
      Well this was for some “Moralist” that they will still say “This is ridiculous, Felipe Fernando is faster that you!!!”

  12. NickV (@nickv) said on 24th March 2013, 10:20

    I can see why Mark is so angry, all the times he has had to yield behind Seb and then Seb dosn’t return the favour just once

  13. Malivis (@malivis) said on 24th March 2013, 10:21

    Fair enough from Vettel, honestly.

    I lost count of how many times Webber said he would disregard team orders a very long time ago. There isn’t much room for Webber to be on his high horse here.

    He made matters even worse on the podium; any chance he had of coming out looking like the bigger man in the eyes of this team was blown away when he accused them of protecting Seb.

    • MNM101 (@mnm101) said on 24th March 2013, 10:26

      +100

    • OEL F1 (@oel-f1) said on 24th March 2013, 10:30

      You know, I really think Mark was very professional in the interview. I expected him to be far, far, far angrier. How do you think Barrichello or di Resta would’ve reacted? Or Alonso, Hamilton or Vettel himself for that matter?

    • Theoddkiwi (@theoddkiwi) said on 24th March 2013, 10:30

      So when team owner publicaly puts Webber down. When it’s clear Vettel was given a clear and specific in struction to hold position and he ignored it. Webber looks like the bad guy.

      • Malivis (@malivis) said on 24th March 2013, 11:11

        I believe Webber to look like A bad guy, for two reasons.

        1) Ever since 2010, he’s steadfastly said he would ignore team orders and would fight the championship to the wire. Hiding behind “multi-21″ is simply being a huge hypocrite. If Seb shouldn’t get the better of team orders because he wants to fight the championship tooth and nail, why should he?

        2) He took a dig at the team. A team which (from the sounds of things) was going to reprimand Vettel. It’s then hard for the team to come down on Mark’s side when he’s so very publicly accused them of picking Vettel over him. Which in this instance, seems to be completely wrong. If only he had heard the team radio.

        I’m not saying Vettel was a saint here. A more sportsmanlike driver probably wouldn’t have. However, I bet point (1) was definitely in his head, and what racing driver wouldn’t do anything to chase down a fourth consecutive WDC in light of that.

        • when has he ignored team orders. he could of today by carrying on racing. He lost a second a lap after vettel passed him. He slowed down as per team orders.

        • LosD (@losd) said on 24th March 2013, 11:24

          Webber lost out BECAUSE he followed team orders, while Vettel didn’t.

          The “ignore team orders” is from back when team orders were illegal, where he had every right not to follow them.

    • For all the tough-talking and angry-looking he habitually does, Webber isn’t deserving any more respect than Massa.

      As racing drivers, they both forfeited their integrity quite some time ago, and are ultimately lackeys to their teammates.

      The only difference is that Massa deals with this and maintains his self-esteem through denial, Webber through attitude.

    • Dion (@infinitygc) said on 24th March 2013, 10:39

      +1

    • SD (@sd) said on 24th March 2013, 11:37

      Webber slowed down and turned the engine down after being assured by the team twice that Seb would not overtake him; also, webber mentioned that teammates decide what to do in a particular scenario before the race. Seb completely ignored what was agreed upon. btw, if it was fairplay from vettel, y do u think he apologised so many times?

  14. carbon_fibre (@carbon_fibre) said on 24th March 2013, 10:23

    As a Ferrari fan I’ve got to say I’m shocked by the result. Wow.

  15. OEL F1 (@oel-f1) said on 24th March 2013, 10:27

    After everything that Red Bull has done for Vettel, from the backing in junior series to giving him a car capable of winning his 3 titles. The first time they ask him to do something for his team mate he just ignores them. What an awfully bad team player and risrespectful human being. Hope they sack him (as if).

    • Traverse (@) said on 24th March 2013, 10:33

      But that same fervour and selfishness is what makes him a fast, race winning, 3-time WDC.

    • Guilherme (@guilherme) said on 24th March 2013, 10:39

      @oel-f1

      The first time they ask him to do something for his team mate he just ignores them.

      Oh, just, come on! Just watch Hungary 2010 again. Vettel sacrificed his 1st place there to help Webber, ended up 3rd and yet he didn’t throw his toys out of the pram speaking to the press. What has Webber ever done for Vettel besides moving over in Brazil last year (after squeezing him at the start)? Webber has moral regarding this matter, he ignored team orders too when asked to hold station.

      • Guilherme (@guilherme) said on 24th March 2013, 10:40

        *Webber has no moral

      • OEL F1 (@oel-f1) said on 24th March 2013, 10:49

        In Hungary what Vettel did was just stupid, do you really think he dropped back to help Webber? Did the team tell him to? No way! It was a plain error from his side. And what Webber has done for Vettel? Giving him his front wing…

        • Guilherme (@guilherme) said on 24th March 2013, 11:07

          Yes, yes he did. Do you really think he would have brain-faded behind the safety car? There was a feature by Mark Hughes on Autosport at the end of 2010 explaining what happened.

          • BasCB (@bascb) said on 24th March 2013, 12:51

            Well, I would say stretching it out FAR too much was a bit of a brain fade, even though its very probably that the team did ask him to give Webber room, it shouldn’t have been that much @guilherme

    • NickV (@nickv) said on 24th March 2013, 10:41

      @oel-f1 I totally agree but as Mark said Vettel always gets protection……

  16. AceofSpades (@aceofspades) said on 24th March 2013, 10:27

    I can’t actually fault Ross Brawn for his actions today, much as I disagree with them. He was essentially caught between a rock and a hard place. No matter what he did, both of his drivers would have felt cheated of something.

    For Hamilton, it’s not his fault he was underfuelled and had to coast to the end. The team told him to push during the middle of the race, and he did exactly what they told him to do. If they’d asked him to let Rosberg go, he’d feel disadvantaged due to no fault of his own.
    On Rosberg’s side, however, he had the pace. He didn’t need to conserve anything. So he obviously felt cheated by not being able to pass his much slower team mate.

    The question for Brawn in the end boils down to this: which of his drivers can take a hit to his ego with the least amount of fallout?

    • Alex (@smallvizier) said on 24th March 2013, 10:38

      You seem to be suggesting that Brawn didn’t think Hamilton was mature enough to cope with being overtaken. If that was the case, I don’t think he’d have hired him.

      I suspect it was hard-headed points maximisation. They don’t think that Rosberg will be hunting for the Drivers’ Championship, and so – just like at Ferrari – they are happy to sacrifice his points.

      • AceofSpades (@aceofspades) said on 24th March 2013, 10:48

        But here you see to imply that Mercedes believes Rosberg isn’t good enough for the championship.

        • Alex (@smallvizier) said on 24th March 2013, 11:01

          I believe Mercedes think Hamilton is a better bet than Rosberg, and therefore they want to focus all their efforts on him.

          Why do you think Brawn made the decision?

          • AceofSpades (@aceofspades) said on 24th March 2013, 11:40

            I believe that Hamilton would have taken it less well than Rosberg, but then so saying, he did surprise me by being very apologetic about it on the podium. I guess at the end of the day, all we have is pure speculation, and not much to base it on…

      • dirgegirl (@dirgegirl) said on 24th March 2013, 10:53

        Or there is something contractual that they can fall back on with regard to Hamilton’s status in the team.

        I think the “it’s not his fault he was under-fuelled” is not likely to be the team’s excuse for keeping Marigold behind him.

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 24th March 2013, 12:57

        Maybe we should just get a bit calmed down here and look at what we know. The team had certainly short-fuelled Hamilton, as he had been told to save fuel already quite early on. They were finding themselves right on the back of the Red Bulls until the guys started dicing for position, then started dropping back, while at the same time they were having to save fuel and tyres.

        Also consider, that this was a bit of a new situation for the team (we have seen a fierce battle between Rosberg and Schumi 2 years back, I think it was in spa? and that did not end all too good, even though both did finish, one of them lost a position to someone else) and here they are, going for the best points haul since this team was under the Mercedes banner. Knowing Ross, he was always going to tell his drivers to hold station. I am pretty sure it was not as much about Hamilton being in front (it might have been a factor though) but about making sure both finish and get those 27 points on the board.

        Personally I do not agree that is right, and I hope to not see them doing it again (as Hamilton was not too happy with it, and Rosberg certainly wasn’t). On the other hand Rosberg did do what he could to have the order overturned and we might have even been robbed of seeing him take the fight to the Red Bulls.

    • clappy (@danielc) said on 24th March 2013, 10:43

      Dude great post , im a massive Ham fan , although I truly feel for Rosberg you can understand why the did it.

  17. how will Marko defend this one for Vettel? The problem is that you can’t really ‘punish’ your number one driver for that, can you? The FIA won’t be taking any actions, and it only makes the Webber-Vettel relationship go from frosty to Antarctica.

  18. S.J.M (@sjm) said on 24th March 2013, 10:31

    As much as i feel bad for Mark (and I really do) and dislike Vettel. I cant help but think, somewhere in him, Webber must have known that at some point something like this was going to happen (again).

    He must have known, when signing each contract extension, that the team favours Vettel and would defend him and he must know Seb well enough to know his character. Every F1Fanatic knows Vettel can be a petulant little child, who can throw his toys out of the pram when things are not going his way. We also know how RBR are willing to give Vettel a wing from Webbers very own car, Mark knew that happened too! So why, oh why is this such a shock to Mark Webber? Yes, RBR have consistently produced one of the best cars on the grid over the past 4 years, and yes he has a chance of a title there. But he must have weighed all this up before signing on the dotted line? Was it worth it? having someone like Seb, with all the immunities that the team gives him as a team mate from the team? I’m not sure it is. But I’m not Mark Webber.

    This whole situation is different to the German GP with Ferrari, Team orders was illegal at the time, but not now and that changes everything about it. Vettel is now in the shoes filled once by the likes of Didier Pironi, RBR is going to be a divided team and you can be damn sure that 2 races in, Webber wont be making the mistake of listening to any orders his team gives him with Vettel is up his gearbox. Vettel in comparison might have just compromised his WDC hunt as he could be flying solo for the next 17 races. If you was Webber, would you support him?

    • Proesterchen (@proesterchen) said on 24th March 2013, 10:41

      Vettel won three championships without help from Webber, I think he’s plenty fast to make it four by October.

    • Guilherme (@guilherme) said on 24th March 2013, 10:48

      @sjm I really dislike picking at someone else’s comment, but…

      We also know how RBR are willing to give Vettel a wing from Webbers very own car
      It is only my opinion, but to me, the wing was Red Bull’s and they give it to whoever they want. And if memory serves me right, Webber said the prefered the earlier spec, but he really plays the media really well when it comes to controversies.

      This whole situation is different to the German GP with Ferrari, Team orders was illegal at the time, but not now and that changes everything about it.

      Uhn, I don’t get it. Vettel ignored the team orders, Red Bull didn’t instruct them to swap places.

      Webber wont be making the mistake of listening to any orders his team gives him with Vettel is up his gearbox.

      When has he ever listened to team orders?

  19. Tifoso1989 (@tifoso1989) said on 24th March 2013, 10:47

    As much i was disappointed with the result and my favorite driver was off in the first lap, as i’m happy that the war in the Red Bull garage is back, i mean if Seb hold his position and let Mark win then Mark must return the favor to Seb and it will probably be the support at the end of the season in the fight for WDC, but Seb didn’t hold his position and has ignored team orders so we can say that “he dug his own grave” , if he is going to fight for WDC, he has to make it a la 2011 otherwise Mark will be a serious headache for him.

    • suka (@suka) said on 24th March 2013, 10:59

      Don’t worry, Dr. Marko is there to regulate. Nothing new, nothing will change. If Ferrari or Mercedes want to win, they need tho hire the guy.

  20. QuantumForce42 (@quantumforce42) said on 24th March 2013, 10:55

    Rosberg deserved the podium after helping Merc develop the car for the last 3 years along with Schumacher. Feel bad for him. To lose out to the new guy because of orders.

    Vettel is paid to go faster compared to everyone else. That is what he did. Nothing wrong with it.

    My respect for both drivers just went up.

    • LosD (@losd) said on 24th March 2013, 11:38

      Vettel and Webber was told to hold position and turn their engines down to save them for later.

      He did the opposite, cheated his teammate for a podium in the process and your respect went UP?

      W…T…F…?

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