I'll have to watch the race when I get back home to fully understand the issue but in that this is the second race of the season (IE: Webber was not in contention for the championship), how can they ask Vettle to "let" Webber have the win if Vettle is in a position to pass him and take the win himself?****SPOILER ALERT****
After the last set of pit stops, Weber(1st) and Vettel(2nd) were supposed to stay in position. Vettel passed Weber during this time and pissed off Webber and his team. Basically, Webber was winning and then Vettel passed him after the team told them both to slow down and conserve because they were both ahead by so much. It's not the first time Vettel has done this.
Unfortunately teams get money based on final Constructors position, a stupid pass when you are holding position 1/2 that takes out one car costs at least 18 points. Drivers are hired to be aggressive but also to be smart.I'm happy that Vettel passed Webber! Since when should racing drivers not try to win? That is their job, and if they aren't trying to win the ENTIRE time, I wouldn't want them on my team!
Exactly! People forget, these guys are playing with annual corporate money/budgets anywhere in the area of 25 million for entry level teams to close to 200 million for someone like Ferrari and Redbull. Oh and every time you win a constructor's championship or come close to getting one, it almost ensures gobbs of new money for the following year, because everybody wants to be on the bandwagon.Unfortunately teams get money based on final Constructors position, a stupid pass when you are holding position 1/2 that takes out one car costs at least 18 points. Drivers are hired to be aggressive but also to be smart.
Who here has watched the race AND thought what Vettel did what was right? Anyone? I'm sorry, but Webber had Vettel BEAT. Vettel could not catch him, was in fact losing time. The team called the drivers with about ten laps to go and told them to tune down their computers and bring it home 1-2. Webber did it. Vettel attacked, passed Webber, and basically stole the victory.
Vettel says he didn't realize he had done wrong until he got back to pit road and there was no celebration. He also admitted he "f**ked up" later.
It wasn't as if they were furiously racing and the team told them to cool it; the race was over, and in Webber's favor. Now, that being said, Hamilton was "awarded" 3rd by his team, who told Rosberg to settle for 4th. The big difference here is Rosberg was faster and would definitely have passed Hamilton. Hamilton obviously felt like a smuck during the press conference and hoped he could return the favor. Vettel the douchebag issued no such statement.
EDIT: and now, looking down, I see others made the same point. oops
His team radio'd Vettel and said Seb, you're being silly. Back off and bring it home. Those statements were repeated in various forms as Vettel attacked Webber, and they were broadcasted for all to hear. Vettel ignored all requests from his engineers/manager.It all could have been nipped in the bud by have the pit radio in right after he passed Webber and said "Seb, what in the $%@ are you doing!?"
Hamilton said he felt bad because Nico was faster and certainly would have/should have passed him. It is a bit different because Vettel would never have caught Webber without Webber turning the wick down.The situation at Mercedes was pretty much the same however they did as the team boss asked. Not sure why Hamilton should feel bad. As Ross Brawn said, Lewis can also go faster but, has been asked to drive to a certain lap time. It all seems rather simple. It's not like it used to be with we want our number one to win so pull over on the straight and let him by. This is the teams figuring out the tires and fuel and wanting to maximize their overall results and not lose their positions because their tires go off, run out of fuel and take each other out. If it were a matter of just favoring one over the other than that would be unfortunate. This wasn't the situation.
Hamilton said he felt bad because Nico was faster and certainly would have/should have passed him. It is a bit different because Vettel would never have caught Webber without Webber turning the wick down.