Vettel and Red Bull driver policy vindicated

Sebastian Vettel and Helmut Marko celebrate on the Abu Dhabi podium

Sebastian Vettel and Helmut Marko celebrate on the Abu Dhabi podium

Nov.14 (GMM) Sebastian Vettel’s title triumph vindicates the decision not to impose team orders this season.

That is the view of Dr Helmut Marko, Red Bull‘s motor sport consultant who accepted the trophy on the podium after his young German charge became F1’s youngest ever world champion.

Marko has been accused of favouring Vettel over Mark Webber in 2010, including by Red Bull not ordering the 23-year-old aside for his points-leading teammate in Brazil a week ago.

“If we had changed the positions in Brazil, Vettel would not be world champion,” said the Austrian in Abu Dhabi.

Indeed, Vettel’s victory at Interlagos was worth 7 points more than second place, and he beat Fernando Alonso to the championship by just 4 points.

Meanwhile, McLaren‘s Lewis Hamilton intimated Red Bull had enjoyed “some extra help” on Sunday in the form of works Renault drivers Robert Kubica and Vitaly Petrov.

Red Bull’s engine supplier and new sponsor is Renault, and in Abu Dhabi it was Kubica delaying Hamilton, and Petrov refusing to give way to Ferrari‘s Alonso.

“I guess that’s what happens when you have a couple of other teammates,” said Hamilton.

Russian Petrov, however, admitted he was disappointed by Alonso’s apparent anger after the race.

“I’m here to race. I hope when he cools down he will realise that,” he said.

  • Arthur

    Vindicated indeed! Not all tactics work for Ferrari. Alonso and Ferrari deserved each other. What they did in Hockenheim was a real slap in the face to the sport. Now they should learn from their mistakes. McLaren may have been beaten fair and square but they never felt bad about it. I saw their faces on the podium and they were so happy as if they also won their championship tilte!

    The race was so ironic as Fernando Alonso was held back to grab his 3rd driver’s title by the very same team that gave him his two titles. Vitaly Petrov showed his best performance during the time where it doesn’t count.

    Sebastein gave Toro Rosso and Red Bull their first win. He gave them their first Constructor’s tilte a week ago. And now he gave them their first Driver’s title. So this time Red Bull nailed it and proved to the world that their philosophy is correct!

    CONGRATULATIONS to Red Bull and of course to SEBASTIEN VETTEL!!!

  • Selma

    It is great that Sebastian Vettel won the Championshop without Teamorder and on his own terms. Alonso would have ha a stolen title.