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Watson: Red Bull should suspend Vettel for Chinese GP

Former Formula One racing driver John Watson says that Red Bull should suspend Sebastian Vettel for Chinese Grand Prix, following the reigning world champion ignored team orders to win Malaysian GP.

After the race Vettel came under fire and rapidly apologized to Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber. Consequently the contentious style in which Vettel overtook Webber against team orders unavoidably sullied his 27th Grand Prix victory and now top the drivers’ championship for the way of fourth consecutive world title.

“If Christian Horner doesn’t reassert his authority in the team – because he has been totally subjugated by Sebastian Vettel yesterday – then his position in the team is not exactly the role it is designed to be. Watson told BBC Radio 4.

“The only conclusion I can reach is that Vettel should be suspended for the next grand prix. You can’t take the points away from him and give them to Mark Webber – that’s now history and Sebastian has the benefit of those seven additional points.

“You can’t really fine him, it is almost irrelevant to fine him, so the only purposeful way to bring him to book is to say ‘you will stand out one race’.”

Formula 1 fan’s already witnessed Webber and Vettel’s association has been particularly irritable since they crashed into each other while disputing the lead of the 2010 Turkish Grand Prix.

“I think once the blood has cooled down and the team get the two drivers together, Webber will see the season out, but it will be a very fractious relationship, I don’t know what favours Mark Webber can be asked to provide to Sebastian Vettel if that should ever arise in the future.” he added.

Former McLaren and Ferrari driver Gerhard Berger said that the German was purely showing the ruthlessness of a great driver.

“To win a world championship three or four times you have to be very selfish,” he said.

“These boys have such a big killer instinct – they cannot follow their brain and they just do what their instinct tells them. This is part of Vettel’s success and nobody, no team-mate, no team chief, will change it.”

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