'Bored' Vettel smashes fastest lap

2013-05-29 09:23

Sebastian Vettel has admitted he defied his team's instructions at the 2013 Monaco Grand Prix due to boredom.

In the dying stages of the race, the Red Bull driver picked up his pace behind winner Nico Rosberg, earning a rebuke for smashing the fastest race lap.

Vettel said: "Just satisfaction instead of going slow for 77 laps."

Vettel's race engineer Guillaume Rocquelin replied: "No satisfaction for us though."


Seeing just how much faster the Red Bull driver was capable of going in Monaco, having conserved Pirelli's fragile tyres, BBC commentator David Coulthard called the current situation in F1 "rubbish".

Vettel added: "I'm not trying to do something silly, and I apologise for quarrelling with my engineer on the radio. It's a reflection of how the racing is today, when you can be three seconds a lap faster.

"I know that the drivers are not enjoying the races as much as they would like. The show is good up to a point, but if it's a matter of following one another and waiting for the chequered flag, I'm not sure if that is what people want to see."

Vettel said he hopes the changes being made by Pirelli for the next race in Canada and beyond will help the situation.


  • Kwashirai Chigodora - 2013-05-29 10:50

    why didnt he smash it in qualifying?

      Cobus Fenwick - 2013-05-29 12:52

      There were already too many smashes in Qualy. Rosberg had to win this race. See where he finishes in Canada.

      Aubrey Walker - 2013-05-29 13:37

      Because you can't get the fastest lap of the race in qualifying....I assume you're thinking that he smashed the lap record at this track, which he didnt break.

  • David Petrowski - 2013-05-29 11:32

    2nd time he's disobeyed team orders in 3 races? Maybe they should give him a 2 race ban ....

      Aubrey Walker - 2013-05-29 12:15

      FIA can't give him a 2 race ban.....it's got nothing to do with them. Red Bull won't ban him from anything either, he's winning races and leading the championship. I agree that Pirelli/Ecclestone (it's his stupid idea) need to do something about the tires, because right now its a farce. I'm glad Vettel went 2 seconds quicker on the second to last lap, had he not, it wouldn't have highlighted how damn slow these guys are having to drive to preserve these tires. This isn't racing, its a tire management excercise from start to finish at the moment.

  • Slowboat - 2013-05-29 12:28

    Vettel will keep pushing the envelope until he crashes, then he will blame someone else!

  • RM Elegant - 2013-05-29 12:43

    F1 is boring in Monaco, all glamour but no overtaking. The real race is actually qualifying, Monaco racing is garbage really...

      RM Elegant - 2013-05-29 12:45

      but I like the tyre debacle on a track that allows overtaking. teams should be strategic, more pace = more pit stops and less pace = less pit stops. Then we'll see the best execution of strategy, otherwise what's the point of reverting to last 3 seasons type of racing where 1 team dominated all season....boring

      RM Elegant - 2013-05-29 15:53

      I agree with @Henning having 1 or 2 stops per race is boring and there isn't much room for excitement, you actually pray for reign

  • Cobus Fenwick - 2013-05-29 12:50

    They all knew that they can't overtake, why keep on racing there? If Vettel could go 3 seconds a lap faster, he would still not being able to win the race. Monaco is a showboat and not a race, on these tyres.

  • Kwashirai Chigodora - 2013-05-29 14:45

    was just being sarcastic ... if he can go faster than the silver arrows "buses" why not do so in qualy? They showed him dust in qualy!

      Aubrey Walker - 2013-05-29 15:13

      aaah yes, their one lap pace is very fast.....their race pace on the other hand is/has been terrible.

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