F1, Formula 1, NASCAR, IndyCar, MotoGP, ALMS, And More!
z


Apr 20, 2014 - 04:44 PM
Top News!
Rumors Edition!
Upcoming Racing! (Updated)



Top Stories
· 2014 Chinese GP: Formula One F1 Race Results - Hamilton, Mercedes Win! (Apr 20, 2014)
· 2014 Chinese (Shanghai) GP: Formula One F1 Starting Line-up, Grid & Race Preview (Apr 19, 2014)
· 2014 Chinese GP: Formula One F1 Qualifying Results - Hamilton, Mercedes On Pole! (Apr 19, 2014)
· 2014 Chinese GP: Formula One F1 Practice Three Results - Ricciardo, Red Bull Fastest! (Apr 19, 2014)
· 2014 Chinese GP: Formula One F1 Practice Two Results - Hamilton, Mercedes Fastest! (Apr 18, 2014)

Previous Top Stories!


Hot Rumors!
· F1: Whitmarsh set for $10m McLaren payout ? (Apr 20, 2014)
· F1: Ferrari could turn hopes to 2015 season ? (Apr 17, 2014)
· F1: Early mistakes affected Schumacher outcome ? (Apr 17, 2014)
· F1: Mercedes to shed F1 staff ? (Apr 17, 2014)
· F1: Active suspension could return to F1 ? (Apr 16, 2014)
More Rumors!


Team, driver deny Vettel ignored team order
Posted by: Admin on Apr 20, 2014 - 04:41 PM
Formula 1 News
Team, driver deny Vettel ignored team order


F1 has its next 'team orders' saga.

World champion Sebastian Vettel on Sunday answered "tough luck" when told to let through his Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo.


 

Bookmark and Share

If that sort of defiance sounds like a problem, team boss Christian Horner wasn't letting on.

"He's a competitor; he wants to fight, wants to win," the Briton told German television RTL after the Chinese grand prix.

After ignoring the order, Vettel seemed simply to have been passed involuntarily by the much quicker sister RB10.

Horner denies that.

"He (Vettel) proved he was a team player and did the right thing," he insisted.

Horner says Vettel gave way once he was told on the radio that Ricciardo was on a different strategy.

Indeed, Vettel was on a three-stopper, while Ricciardo planned only to stop twice.

It means the German, so dominant in the past years with the field-leading Red Bull, is now struggling simply to get on his new teammate's pace in 2014.

"More important (than team orders) is to understand why Sebastian is struggling," said Horner.

"We know that Sebastian is very sensitive to how a car enters a corner and at the moment he hasn't got the feel he needs."

For his part, Australian Ricciardo was reluctant to stir the pot.

The official post-race Red Bull statement quoted him as saying Vettel "let me through".

Earlier, he was less clear. "I wasn't aware of what he was saying (on the radio) during the race," said Ricciardo. "I wasn't sure what strategy we were both on but I got past. I don't want to start any conflicts."

When asked if he thinks Vettel voluntarily let him go or not, however, Ricciardo said: "I am honestly not sure."

Vettel, on the other hand, insists he let Ricciardo go past.

"When I was first asked, I didn't understand as we were on the same tyre, so I double checked.

"Also I had to realise more and more towards the end that I couldn't hold him back."

It's an interesting and awkward situation for Red Bull, as a new star is threatening to put the team's hero in the past.

Horner agrees that Ricciardo has been "outstanding" so far in 2014, but he warned against underestimating Vettel.

"The one thing you can be sure of is he will be looking extremely hard at this weekend and this race to understand where the differences are, what he's struggling with, where we can improve," he said.

"No driver will be working harder in the three week gap to bounce back in Barcelona."



PaddockTalk Perspective



Also in Formula 1 News:



 
Related links
· F1 Edition
· PaddockTalk Top News
· F1 Rumors
· More about Formula 1 News







Home :: _ 


All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner.
The comments are property of their posters, all the rest (c) 2003-2014 by PaddockTalk.com.
Contact E-mail: admin@paddocktalk.com
Privacy