Despite Sebastian Vettel’s recent success and his continuing dominance, Red Bull chiefs were a little unhappy with the back to back champion in India.
Bild newspaper reports that both team boss Christian Horner and Red Bull consultant Dr Helmut Marko publicly and privately chided the 24-year-old for insisting upon charging for the fastest race lap.
“He knows that we do not like that,” confirmed Horner.
Italy’s Corriere della Sera wondered if Vettel is simply seeking motivation: “He no longer fights against his competitors but against the records.”
But Marko insisted: “It was not the time to do an unnecessary risk. We said it to him but sometimes he does not listen.”
Former driver and Austrian ORF television pundit Alex Wurz has a theory about why Red Bull is so sensitive about Vettel’s fastest-lap fetish.
“They don’t worry he is going to crash,” said the former Benetton and Williams driver, “they worry that the other teams will be alarmed at the performance and go to the FIA to complain that the car must be illegal. I see it more as a political anxiety than a sporting one,” added Wurz.