McLaren F1 team head Ron Dennis has criticised Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel for his latest, foul comments about V6 power unit’s noise, in disagreement that the German ignored his duties as a title holder.
After Melbourne race Sebastian Vettel forced to retire from race following technical issues, the defending world champion explained that new turbocharged 1.6-litre V6 units sound a lot bad than their V8 successor, and he says “It is s**t, “I was on the pit wall during the race, and it is quieter than in a bar!.
“Being a World Champion requires a dignified approach to everything, so putting aside the language, even the sentiment is inappropriate,” Dennis explained to Sky Sports.
“The simple fact is if he was sat in a Mercedes he would be extremely happy, and I’m quite sure any four or five-letter words would be more of joy.
“He should reflect on the fact he has had a period of dominance, and just because that dominance is being shaken by Mercedes, it doesn’t give him the licence to be disrespectful of the obligations placed on him.”
For now, Red Bull team Principal Christian Horner protecting Sebastian Vettel’s foul language and admits that the way in which the quarrel was put across could have been done so in a cleaner behaviour.
“We don’t manipulate what our drivers say in the press. They have freedom of speech,” Horner states.
“Perhaps the choice of his specific word wasn’t ideal but I don’t think anyone would disagree that the sound of the cars could be better. It’s his opinion. If we don’t allow drivers to express themselves, we end up with robots.”