Ecclestone backs Vettel

Thursday 28-March-2013 05:14

Bernie Ecclestone has defended Sebastian Vettel's flouting of the rules in Sepang, saying the German proved himself to be a winner.

The reigning World Champion courted controversy last time out in Malaysia when he deliberately ignored team orders to overtake team-mate Mark Webber for the victory.

The incident has earned widespread criticism, however, Ecclestone believes he did the right thing.

"If I was Sebastian Vettel, having won three World Championships for the team, and somebody came on the radio and started giving me instructions I'd probably do exactly the same as Kimi Raikkonen did when he came back and they gave him some instructions, I'd say 'I know what I'm doing'," he said.

He added: "I always say, show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser. Sebastian is not a loser. Sebastian is a winner."

The F1 supremo believes Vettel also should not be disciplined by his team for ignoring the orders.

"I don't think I'd give that any consideration. I'd say to Sebastian, 'in future don't make me look an idiot,'" he said.

"But they (Red Bull) don't care who wins. They want to win the Championship. For them what difference does it make?"

However, while Ecclestone wouldn't want to look 'an idiot', he reckons Vette's action have in no way undermined team boss Christian Horner's authority.

"Christian knows exactly what should have happened didn't happen. Put yourself in Christian's position, what should he now do? Did he give orders in the first place. If he did, how could he then give more orders?"

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