Seb's push: What others said

Good job, Seb. Looks like you wanted it bad enough. Still you’ve got some explaining to do. — radio message from the Red Bull pit after Vettel’s victory.

Sebastian Vettel is the boss there. You can’t have a team manager also doing the driving. — Flavio Briatore, former Renault team principal.

Up and down the pit lane Mark (Webber) has not lost any credibility at all. It’s probably Sebastian who has lost an awful lot. I think it will take a while to earn the respect and trust again. — Alan Webber, Mark’s father.

The only purposeful way to bring him to book is to say ‘you will stand out one race.’ — John Watson, former McLaren driver.

He is a race driver, a fiercely competitive individual. You don’t win 27 Grands Prix and three World Championships without being a very driven individual. If Fernando Alonso or Lewis Hamilton had been in that position, they would have done the same. If Mark Webber had been in that position... we have seen him do the same. Let’s not kid ourselves that this is something unique to Sebastian. — Christian Horner, Red Bull team principal.

If I was Sebastian Vettel, having won three World Championships for the team, and somebody came on the radio and started giving me instructions I’d probably do exactly the same as Kimi Raikkonen did when he came back and they gave him some instructions, I’d say ‘I know what I'm doing.’ — Bernie Ecclestone (pic. above), CEO of Formula One Management and Formula One Administration.

I think that will hurt Sebastian in the long run. I am surprised he did that, but there you go. — Jenson Button, McLaren driver and world champion in 2009.

Red Bull have a clear one and two, they always have. And that is why they have always had the problems they have had. — Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes driver and world champion in 2008.

We told Sebastian to hold his position because we didn’t know what the tyre situation was and both drivers needed to bring home a good finish for the team. But then came the attack against that strategy and it got out of control. You couldn’t control it over radio or anything like that. ‘Sebastian the racer’ came out and took the lead. — Helmut Marko, advisor to Red Bull Racing.

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. — Gerhard Berger, former F1 driver.