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Vettel to meet with FIA president over engine comments

Apr 4, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

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Defending Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel is set to meet with FIA president Jean Todt to discuss his comments about the new sound of the sport.

Following the downsize from V8 to turbocharged V6 engines in Formula 1, the sound of the sport has changed dramatically. Without their recognizable screeching noise, many have criticised the new cars and the formula being used, whilst others have praised it. Four-time champion Vettel is firmly in the ‘against’ camp, and did not mince his words when interviewed in Malaysia last week.

However, Todt has not taken kindly to the language that Vettel used when talking about the new engines, and is now set to meet with the German driver to discuss the comments that were made according to a report by Autosport.

1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve was a very outspoken character throughout his F1 career, and was threatened with severe sanctions after making comments that appeared to bring the sport into disrepute. Although Todt is unlikely to be as heavy-handed with Vettel as predecessor Max Mosley was with Villeneuve, he will seek to clear the air and ensure that he refrains from using such language in the future.

Interestingly, British newspaper The Sunday Times reported last week that Todt could threaten to sanction Red Bull over these comments as an incentive to withdraw its appeal against Daniel Ricciardo’s exclusion from the Australian Grand Prix.

When asked about meeting with Todt, Vettel insisted that it was merely routine. “It’s fairly normal to have a meeting after a couple of races,” he explained in Bahrain. “Mr. Todt is coming here, so it makes sense to use the opportunity to talk about many things.”

Although Vettel is not alone in disliking the new sound, it is best for such a global icon and ambassador of Formula 1 to consider the way in which he airs his opinion, and refrain from using profanities when speaking on the record.

  1. indycarseries500 - Apr 4, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    The classic NASCAR “Boy, you need us a heck of a lot more than we need you..” speech.

  2. drewsylvania - Apr 4, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Highlighting the “ass” in “ambassador”.

  3. barrylibby - Apr 4, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Ahh the youthful indiscretions of the “ambassador” !

    The ambassador has to understand there are others on the grid that can be ambassadors as well.
    Ambassador of the motor sports world, worldly appeal , manufacturer vs. energy drink , some thing to think about !

    Mr. Ambassador do not forget to order your JC Whitney exhaust extension when Bernie buys them!

  4. techmeister1 - Apr 4, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Seb’s big mouth got him in trouble but he’ll just ignore the reprimand. He’s very arrogant and actually believe the hype. While he’s a good driver he’s far from the best in F1. His unscrupulous character however will be his downfall. Fame and fortune went to his head and he’s a pretty unsavory punk, IMO.

  5. cuencanolenny - Apr 4, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    I’m glad Seb made it clear. I was polite after the first practice session of the season when I referred to them as “hush kitted lawnmowers.” However, performance is what counts and the silver arrows seem to have come to grips with it very well. Also the Force India, using these MB engines, has their car well sorted. The MB team on the other hand seems to continue their struggles. While the silver arrows remain the fastest in P1 & P2 this weekend it is good to see that Ferrari are within shouting distance anyway. Looking forward to qualifying but there is no doubt the Mercedes is the car to beat.

    • wiscpaul - Apr 4, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      -wrote- “The MB team on the other hand seems to continue their struggles.” .. Which “MB” team is struggling? McLaren? No, Williams? No Force India? No.

  6. worknman24hours - Apr 5, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Frankly, Vettel should be able to say what he wants without any talking too.

    I am sick of people being treated like they are only supposed to speak the way they are dictated too.

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