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Buxton’s blog: Vettel the ‘smiling assassin’

Mar 26, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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Rather than immediately drawing a conclusion and putting fingers to keyboard after the controversial Malaysian Grand Prix, NBC Sports Network pit reporter Will Buxton took a couple days to put together his thoughts on the race, and what was Sebastian Vettel’s ultimately ruthless nature on full display in Sepang. Vettel’s pass on Mark Webber disobeyed team orders from Red Bull, and Vettel’s post-race demeanor suggested he was “sorry” if he wasn’t in actuality.

His opening paragraph outlines what lies ahead in the rest of the piece.

“Yep, you guessed it. It’s another opinion on the fallout from the Malaysian Grand Prix. I’ll be honest, I didn’t want to just blast something out in the immediate aftermath. I wanted to take the flights home to think about it.”

To read the rest, click here.

  1. apexassassin - Mar 27, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    That was effing brilliant Will!!!!

    Very well said, you really captured the feelings most of the fans have, well the intelligent, true F1 fans anyway.

    “Mark hadn’t just been betrayed, he’d been publically emasculated”…


    As I’ve stated dozens of times since the race ended, I have no issues with what Vettel did. I have a bigger issue with what Horner and Brawn did.


    • worknman24hours - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:50 PM

      Mark gets well paid and drives the second fastest race car in Formula One for all that ’emasculation’talk.

      Team orders are team orders and frankly,even Stevie Wonder sees that Vettel has probably been told to pass Webber on track regardless of any team order told over the radio.

      Vettel is the defacto number one driver on the team and always will be because of direct sponsor preference.

      Mark could do a hell of alot worse then driving for the Red Bull team.

      A hell of alot worse.

  2. algovatsos - Mar 27, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    The team principles are the ones at fault. You don’t creat a competative environment and then confuse the issue with contadictory orders. Besides, its against F1 rules.

  3. worknman24hours - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Vettel told Webber he was sorry.

    Webber said,”I know.”

  4. worknman24hours - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    I think Webber would call Vettel ‘the smiling something” alright-Buxton just used five too many letters.

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