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Sebastian Vettel Wrong to Ignore Team Orders at 2014 Chinese Grand Prix

When Red Bull’s appeal against Daniel Ricciardo’s disqualification from the Australian Grand Prix was rejected exactly a week ago, we put it down to the team’s success in recent years. Because Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel had enjoyed such staggering levels of domination in winning four consecutive world championships since 2010, we argued that a no-compromise culture had grown within the team. That unwillingness to give an inch cost the team dearly in Melbourne when Red Bull decided to run Ricciardo’s car with the fuel flow information provided by the team’s own sensors rather than those of the FIA to which each of their rivals adhered. In deciding to take the second place and fight about it afterwards ra...

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