BLOG: Sebastian Vettel becomes Formula one equivalent of Marmite
WHO else was relieved when Sebastian Vettel failed to overtake Lewis Hamilton in the dying moments of the Chinese Grand Prix?
I can’t imagine there would have been too many cheers outside of Red Bull, Germany, and perhaps Austria.
I suspect there might even have been some groans from within Red Bull, at least on one side of the garage, and plenty in Australia, the home country of team-mate Mark Webber.
The German driver has turned himself into the Formula One equivalent of Marmite - you either love him or...well, perhaps hate is too strong a word. Come to think of it - so, probably, is love.
There is no doubt Vettel is a tremendously skillfull driver and deserved World Champion.
But like fellow German, Michael Schumacher, before him, he seems to have a win at all costs attitude.
Some argue that is the benchmark of a World Champion.
But there have been plenty of drivers who have managed to reach the pinnacle of the sport without making all other concerns secondary to themselves, including team and team-mate.
Unfortunately for Red Bull, by not punishing Vettel for disobeying team orders and overtaking Webber in Malaysia, they have effectively given him the green light to do whatever he wants.
Schumacher had a similar power - and abused it more than once.
I hope someone advises Vettel accordingly, before he ends up being remembered the same way.