I went through a few different phases of thinking about the incident. As Webber came out of the pits for the final time, I was hoping that he would be able to hold on for the win. I like Vettel. He seems like a pretty cool cat. But, I prefer Webber for the same reson that I prefer Massa. They both play it straight, fight fair, and deserve the results that are so often taken away from them. Vettel asking the team to move Mark aside didn't exactly enamour him to me either.
Even so, I loved the on track fight between the two. Neither of them gave up. They didn't mess around waiting for a DRS drive by, but scrapped it out on the most dangerous parts of the track. It was a great fight. And it was pretty damn funny to watch the pit wall sweating over what was going on.
And then the aftermath. From the radio messages to the driver weigh in, you could see that this was going to get very very tense. Now here was some entertainment. Martin Brundle's interview with Mark Webber will go away with me as the highlight of the race. It was then that we found out that Mark was looking after his car and his tyres just as Vettel should have been. That Vettel had taken the whole race into his own hands. That he would rather take seven points off his teammate than accept his position. In short, that Vettel is quite capable of acting like a spoiled little child and expecting to get away with it. Everything about it made for great, tense tv. Webber standing there telling the truth. Vettel left to stand on his precious top step and look foolish. And the team that had just taken a 1-2 result looking like the least happiest of the teams in the pits. At this point I was angry. Poor Webber. What the hell is he meant to do? He is in the best team where he isn't even able to have a shot at taking the wins that he has deserved. He is in a team where his team mate makes up the rules as he goes along no matter what the agreements were. And what can Red Bull do? I don't think they are in a hurry to fire or hold back the driver that has deliverd them the last three World Drivers titles. But how can they not?
The last thing I thought about the incident was when the cameras panned over the crowds at the circuit. When you are at the track, you don't know about radio communications or prearranged team orders. Those guys who paid so much for their tickets for the race got to see a damn good race. If Vettel had done what he should have done, then those at the track would have had a simple procession to the end. What happened between Vettel shouldn't have. Vettel is a bit more of a dick in my books. But maybe. Just maybe. What happened, should have happened. Maybe.