Horner: “We had the same thing in Brazil”

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Mark Webber, Sebastian Vettel, Kamui Kobayashi, Red Bull, Interlagos, 2012In the round-up: Christian Horner says there have been other occasions when his drivers have refused to respond to team orders.

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Vettel sorry for Webber pass (BBC)

“Asked what Vettel meant when he said he hadn’t done it deliberately, Horner said: ‘He felt he hadn’t heard the call. That it was unclear to him what the instruction was. But then again we had the same thing in Brazil the other way around.'”

Red Bull: Vettel’s actions deliberate (Autosport)

“When asked why the team did not ask Vettel to relinquish the position to Webber in the closing stages to make up for his defiance, Horner said: ‘Do you honestly think that if we had told him ‘slow down and give the place back’, he would have given it back?'”

Bernie Ecclestone: Lewis asked me to get him a move to Red Bull… but they turned down the dream team out of loyalty to Webber (Daily Mail)

“Had Mark gone, Dietrich [Mateschitz] would have signed Lewis.”

Pit-stop blunder ruins Jenson Button’s hopes in Malaysian Grand Prix (The Guardian)

“The guy on the right is devastated. It is such a small mistake but it can cost you dearly.”

F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone gives Malaysia the thumbs up (The Star Malaysia)

“They need to finish what they started. It is obviously not the same as Singapore. Maybe because they don’t spend the money.”

Analysis – Mercedes ‘FRIC’ suspension (F1)

“[Mercedes'] much-talked-about ‘FRIC’ (Front and Rear Inter-Connected) system… is understood to link the front and rear suspension hydraulically and can be adjusted in a similar way to the brake fluid.”

Ecclestone, the French race circuit and the real story behind that $44m ‘bribe? (The Telegraph)

“I helped the people that own the circuit in Ricard, it belongs to the trust. I helped them and told them the sort of hospital they should build and even the sort of car run-off areas they should build. Gribkowsky said, I ran the trust and this is one example.”

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To say F1 Fanatic was inundated with comments yesterday would be quite an understatement. The vast majority of them were on one subject:

Ultimately this is a sad day for the spectators, to see what was shaping up to be a great race ruined by an intended processional first-to-fourth positions.

Not at all happy with what Vettel did, and do not for one second believe he didn?t know what was expected of him, but ultimately it is the teams that are ruining the race for those watching.

Lets assume team orders are not allowed and no suggestion of them playing out was in place; we would have seen a great fight between Vettel and Webber in which they scrap for position with Vettel likely getting the upper hand, but as a result, scrubbing the tyres and significantly dropping pace, which leads to Hamilton and Rosberg catching them up, maybe having a tussle, only for them too to suffer from fuel issues. You would have ended up with four unpredictable cars fighting for 1st, with possibly cars behind (if able to catch up due to strategy) coming back into the race and maybe upsetting the order further.

It should be up to the drivers to decide how far they can push the pace and think of the long view, rather than the lap they are on; at least that way a good race could have turned into a great race.

Having said that, best post-race I?ve seen :)
MDian

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122 comments on Horner: “We had the same thing in Brazil”

  1. tmax (@tmax) said on 25th March 2013, 15:27

    Luca might be waking up every morning and saying
    “I want this Kid in my Red Hot Ferrari. He belongs here. The Tifosis will love him. Stefano …. make sure you don’t lose sight of him :) Either way let me call Bernie to make sure that the deal in on the table. “

  2. tmax (@tmax) said on 25th March 2013, 15:29

    @KeithCollantine going by the amount reactions and comments here and everywhere, Does this incident come up top in the most commented subject list. I guess it might be getting close to 2012 Brazil or the 2012 Brazil Yellow light saga or even the 2007 McLaren drama.

  3. B@rney said on 25th March 2013, 17:14

    They really should stop awarding the WDC based on who is the fastest driver in the fastest car and start awarding it based on which driver is most polite and kindest to small furry animals.

  4. Christian Horner says there have been other occasions when his drivers have refused to respond to team orders.

    One of them was the subject of a poll on this site.

    http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2011/07/10/webber-red-bulls-order-pass-vettel/

  5. Damonw said on 25th March 2013, 18:49

    Lets remember their will only be one man who redbull will favour if it comes to the crunch, and I think we all know who that driver will be. Expect webber to be strangely off the pace from now on and suffer even more so called kers failures from now on ;)

    • F1fanNL (@) said on 26th March 2013, 23:30

      Expect webber to be strangely off the pace from now on

      Even more off the pace you mean? Or is over a second slower in both qualifying sessions on the pace?

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