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In the round-up: Jenson Button says he is “surprised” by Sebastian Vettel’s defiance of team orders and said it will cause problems for him in future.
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“I think that will hurt him in the long run. I am surprised he did that. I find team orders difficult but to disregard a team order is something different.”
“From a sporting perspective, that was wrong. They should have let [Rosberg] go. We need to talk to Ross, if this is the strategy to be used from now on.”
Helmut Marko: “In the debrief afterwards there was the relevant discussions about the race and then there was a hand-shake between the two drivers.”v
“‘We are two races into the current season and it’s far too early to be talking about 2014,’ the team said.”
“In the back straight the front wing dropped and we started to see some sparks from the floor and more damage, and at that point we were five seconds before the pit entry and we didn’t make it, and then on the next straight the wing fall and it was underneath the car and it was not possible to turn.”
“We are the second best team. To be that close – I was competing with the Red Bulls at some stages in the race – and to be in that position is a great feeling.”
“Jaguar boss Adrian Hallmark has described the return of the brand to racing as ‘obligatory but not imminent’.”
“With McLaren targeting a 2 second pit stop this season, the pressure is on for all of the pit crews to achieve astonishing results, and Force India paid a high price in trying.”
“What we have is a very different history that marks Red Bull Racing ultimately as a team constructed for Red Bull drivers to show their talent, not, like Ferrari, McLaren or Williams for the building of racing cars, and like most aspects of an organisation’s history, it is both a strength and a weakness.”
Martin Brundle: “One big question remained, why didn’t the team simply ask him to drop back behind Webber again? I asked Christian Horner this on the way home, and his answer was that ‘we had asked him to hold position and maintain a gap for three laps before he overtook, so there was little point in asking him to reverse the move’.”
Hey guys. Been absent the last few days. Needed some time away. First couple races havent gone as expected but it ain't gonna break me
— Daniel Ricciardo (@danielricciardo) March 27, 2013
Back from Malaysia, 4kg lighter ! Tomorrow, Paris for F1 TV show on Canal + Sport (19h40 in France) #F1
— Jules_Bianchi (@Jules_Bianchi) March 26, 2013
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— Williams F1 Team (@WilliamsF1Team) March 27, 2013
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— Susie Wolff (@Susie_Wolff) March 27, 2013
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Comment of the day
Yesterday’s poll indicated a significant group of people believe Red Bull were correct to apply team orders in Malaysia but Mercedes weren’t. Jon Sandor has a trenchant view on why that might be:
A lot of the people saying “Yes” to Red Bull and “No” for Mercedes seem to be basing their stance on the entirely fictitious belief that Webber was the victim of a “sneak attack” having “turned his engine down while Vettel did not” and in any case that he was “totally unaware that there was a race on”.
The clam that Webber was unaware that Vettel was racing him for the lead is simply nonsensical and the people making it must be among the sizeable proportion of fans who get their views of the races from live text feeds or after-the-fact news reports rather than by watching the races.
The allegation that Webber was in “fuel saving mode” while Vettel was in “race mode” is likewise bizarre. A lot of people are repeating this allegation on a lot of fan forums, but the claim is based on no hard facts. No media outlet is making this claim. Mark Webber is not making this claim. Christian Horner is not making this claim. The belief in it seems to be a form of wish–fulfillment for many people. They’d like it to be true, so it must be true.
Jon Sandor (@Jonsan)
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