12 Apr 2013

Sebastian Vettel reckons he'll disobey team orders again

In the drivers press conference for this weekend's F1 race in China Sebastian Vettel was asked whether he'd overtake Mark Webber again, even if told not to do so.  His answer:

"I am not sure I can give you a proper answer because in the moment it might be different, but I would probably do the same.  Had I understood the message and had I thought about it, reflected on it, thought what the team wanted to do, to leave Mark in first place and me finishing second.  I think I would have thought about it and I would probably have done the same thing."

"He didn't deserve it."

So, according to Vettel, Webber didn't deserve the win.  Vettel also said:

"There is quite a conflict, because on the one hand I am the kind of guy who respects team decisions and the other hand, probably Mark is not the one who deserved it (the win) at the time."

Webber doesn't share Vettel's sentiment abut him not deserving the win.  Neither, for the matter, does Christian Horner - Red Bull Team Principle.  This is what Mark said when asked about the race in Malaysia: 

"In the end Seb made his own decisions today and will have protection as usual, and that's the way it goes. I turned my engine down and started cruising on the tyres, and then the fight was on and as we know he's a quick peddler. I was disappointed with the outcome of today's race."

Mark has apparently been approached by Porsche to drive for them next season at Le Mans and in a wider endurance racing campaign.

And don't forget these two have history.  Should be quite an interesting atmosphere in the Red Bull pit this season.