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They weren't always this close: Michael Schumacher and David Coulthard at Interlagos in 2012, years after their famous fight Formula One has b ...

Michael Schumacher David Coulthard Interlagos 2012'4
They weren't always this close: Michael Schumacher and David Coulthard at Interlagos in 2012, years after their famous fight

Formula One has been the pinnacle of Motorsport since its inception in 1950. Every year the thrill of racing fills us with excitement and a winner is crowned at the end of the spectacle. However some drivers or teams won the exclusive title by hook or by crook.

Some unsportsmanlike acts have severely stained Formula One’s reputation. Some of these incidents may or may not have had a significant impact on the championship, but seriously dented the reputation of the perpetrators. There have been many regrettable incidents over the years that turned into a PR nightmare for the affected drivers and teams. 

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This infamous incident occurred during the closing laps of the 2013 Malaysian GP. The Infiniti Red Bull Racing team issued strict orders to their drivers Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel, and the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS Racing team did the same for their wards Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg for Mercedes to maintain position. Webber happened to be leading the race and Vettel was behind him when the instructions came through.

Much to everyone’s surprise and annoyance Vettel disobeyed and overtook Webber. One could argue in Vettel’s favour by saying that he was thinking of the championship, but on the other end of the spectrum, this was only the second race of the calendar so it was way too early to be thinking about the championship.

Both the Mercedes drivers held station with Hamilton in 3rd and Rosberg 4th, although an increasingly agitated Rosberg begged the team to let him pass his teammate on many occasions during the race because he believed that he was faster.

When Vettel made the pass, Webber was furious - and the team weren't  impressed either, as team boss Christian Horner in a radio transmission said “This is silly Seb, come on.”

Nevertheless, Vettel won the race with an infuriated Webber in 2nd and a solemn Hamilton in 3rd. that day the podium was one of F1's angries.

Hamilton later confessed "it should have been Nico on the podium instead of me." Since then, most of Vettel’s fans lost respect for him. He was even booed on the podium for many races to come. What made Mark all the more upset was that the team would protect Vettel as usual as he stated in the press conference. (Someone’s not a happy bunny)

Verdict: Naughty

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