Ecclestone defends Vettel’s Malaysian GP behaviour

Bernie Ecclestone has defended Vettel’s Malaysian Grand Prix behaviour and has said that he doesn’t think Red Bull will suspend the German driver for the Chinese Grand Prix.

“If I was Sebastian Vettel, having won three world championships with the team, and somebody came on the radio to me and started giving me instructions I’d probably do exactly the same as Kimi Raikkonen did when he came back when they gave him some instructions the other day and say “I know what I’m doing”,” Ecclestone told Sky Sports News.

“I don’t think he’s undermined Christian’s authority at all because Christian knows exactly what should have happened and didn’t happen. Put yourself in Christian’s position. What should he now do? Did he give orders in the first place and if he did how could he then give more orders?

“I think what you have to do is think very carefully and I always say “show me a good loser and I’ll show you a loser”. Sebastian is not a loser. Sebastian is a winner.

With John Watson having recently said that he believes Vettel should be suspended by Red Bull for a race, Ecclestone was asked what he thought of the idea.

“Leave Sebastian out?” he said. “No, I don’t think I’d give that any consideration.

“I’d say to Sebastian, just don’t make me look like an idiot.”

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