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Despite uproar, Vettel keeps focus on victory

Apr 20, 2013, 5:45 PM EDT

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Sebastian Vettel, who starts from the front row for tomorrow’s Bahrain Grand Prix (7:30 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Network), has faced the biggest wave of criticism in his career recently. His defiance of team orders from Infiniti Red Bull en route to winning the Malaysian Grand Prix over teammate Mark Webber has caused some fans to regard him as even more cold-blooded than a reptile; to them, his recognizable grin no longer is able to hide truly ruthless intentions.

But the killer instinct is essential to all great champions, including Vettel. Clearly, all he cares about is the end result, so why should he really care about what others may think of him? Shortly after Malaysia, NBCSN’s Will Buxton called him “a brutal, brilliant, beautiful racing animal” in his blog and that’s the long and the short of it when it comes to classifying the German racer.

Still, as Vettel shows in an interview with Buxton above, there’s still a bit of human left in the “animal.”

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  1. chaparral2f - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    As the saying goes, “time heals all wounds”. In time, everyone will see that what Seb did at Malaysia was what separates a winner from the rest. At the end of the season, those extra points will be bably needed for Seb. Webber on the other hand, could only have used them to finish fifth rather than sixth in the points.

  2. techmeister1 - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    No time won’t heal all wounds. What history will eventually show is that while Vettel inherited three world championships courtesy of Newy and that Vettel was consumed by his ego and under developed as a human being. If you’re not man enough to abide by the teams decisions that you agreed to before the race, you’re sewer scum and in seriuos denial. Vettel will eventually learn after it’s too late that all the race wins in the world doesn’t make you a decent human being.

  3. apexassassin - Apr 20, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Lol, haters gonna hate.

    They guy is so young and under such scrutiny… in many ways similiar to Alonso or Hamilton or Schumi at the same age and level of success. Would have that much better in the same circumstances? I doubt I could at that age.

    To me, Vettel has nothing to prove against Webber that hasn’t been proven 100 times over already. Neither is very sporting but that’s the enviroment the team created and fostered.

    @tech: it’s comments like yours (no personal offense, just as a general example) that really makes me wish Kimi goes to RBR next season. I’d love to see Vettel against a top driver with equal equipment. I’m not a Vettel or RBR fanboy by any means, but you don’t win races in Toro or score points in your debut race if you lack exceptional talent.

    … As for Newey being the king of car design may I remind you of his near dismal record at Mclaren and the success of Rory Byrne’ at Ferrari as well as Pat Symonds at Renault a decade ago. And Bryne is penning the 2014 Ferrari as we have this discussion. Not that I’m taking away from what Red Bull have done since buying the awful Jaguar team, nor Newey’s brilliance. Just stating others have done the same job with equal results.

    Do think any current driver besides Alonso or Kimi could have achieved better results in the past three years other than Vettel at RBR? I can only think of one and that’s a maybe considering his emotional fragility.

  4. Untie My Rebellious - Apr 21, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    Reblogged this on Untie My Rebellious.

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