The F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has said that Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel might regret passing Mark Webber despite the team orders being against such a move. Ecclestone has also said that the season is too early for teams to be passing out orders. Mercedes were also involved in a similar incident, as they ordered German driver Nico Rosberg to stay behind Lewis Hamilton despite being significantly faster than the Brit. Vettel and Webber were involved in a battle for a few corners before the Australian conceded his position. After the race, the 36-year-old was visibly disappointed and angry.
Red Bull, though, said in a statement that the matter will be dealt with internally as it has always been done. Team orders are nothing new to formula 1, although it has not been in place for the last few years. Ferrari were one of the first to be publicly criticised as a result of team orders. Red bull have been adopting a similar strategy in recent years, and Ecclestone has said that this may be good at later stages of the season. However, it is not understand it being employed after just two races in the campaign. Sebastian Vettel’s victory takes him top of the driver’s championship table with 40 points.
“At this stage of the championship, I do not believe there should be any team orders. It does not matter who it is. Let’s assume that these two guys are in a position to win the championship at the end of the year, then there is no way that Mark is going to help Sebastian. So Sebastian has to think about that. Maybe there will be a stage when he would like Mark to help him, but I don’t think Mark is going to come up front and do it,” said Ecclestone.