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Button: Vettel’s decision will come back to haunt him

Mar 27, 2013, 10:33 AM EST

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Jenson Button says Sebastian Vettel’s decision to ignore Red Bull’s team orders in Malaysia will come back to haunt him.

“I think that will hurt him in the long run,” said Button. “I am surprised he did that.”

Button said Red Bull’s instructions had helped Vettel in the past so it was wrong of him to disobey them on this occasion.

“I find team orders difficult but to disregard a team order is something different,” he explained. “At the start of the race, they knew they had team orders. That’s the bigger issue.”

“I am not a fan of giving a driver preferential treatment but the issue here is that Vettel did not want team orders.”

He added it was unlikely Vettel would return the favor to his team mate any time soon: “How is he going to give that win back to Mark? I cannot imagine him leading the race and going to Mark and say ‘here you go’. That’s very difficult and I could not do that.”

Button said he had experienced a similar situation with Lewis Hamilton at McLaren during the 2010 Turkish Grand Prix – ironically, after both Red Bull drivers had collided while leading.

“[Hamilton] was told to turn his engine down but I didn’t know. Lewis thought they had told me, so then I overtook him and then Lewis overtook me.”

“As soon as we got out of the car we discussed it and when I said that I wasn’t told anything, it was all fine.”

More on the fall-out from the Malaysian Grand Prix

  1. 950003cups - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Button is a good dude

    • islamatron - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:16 PM

      BS, Button is an ass and talking out the side of his neck, remember when he tried to pass Hamilton against team orders in Turkey 2010 after the RBR boys collided. That ended badly forhim when he was put back in his usual place…. behind.

      • Matt Thorne - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:26 PM

        Did you even read the article??

        Button said he had experienced a similar situation with Lewis Hamilton at McLaren during the 2010 Turkish Grand Prix – ironically, after both Red Bull drivers had collided while leading.

        “[Hamilton] was told to turn his engine down but I didn’t know. Lewis thought they had told me, so then I overtook him and then Lewis overtook me.”

        “As soon as we got out of the car we discussed it and when I said that I wasn’t told anything, it was all fine.”

        That was an honest mistake in communication, not a driver deciding to flatly ignore properly and well communicated team orders out of pure selfishness. He’s a spoiled little brat and I’ve lost any and all respect I had for him (which wasn’t much)

  2. apexassassin - Mar 27, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    3 weeks to the next GP and we’re stuck with this silly story until something else happens.

    Too bad as this is already becoming tediousl

    The best and faster driver won. Webber needs to get over it. It’s not like he’s a serious challenger anyway.

  3. worknman24hours - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    It’s did’nt come back to haunt Senna,Schumacher,Alonso or the other F1 drivers who did exactly the same thing.

    The bottom line is -act like a dxxx-win Championships.

    They’ve all proved it.

    The nicest guy who has won a Championship in the recent decades is Button so I’ll give him a pass on the -breaking team orders-thing.

    But Vettel has already forgotten what he did last race.

    “Come back to ‘haunt’ him”oooohhhhh,……lol.

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