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Ecclestone slams Red Bull orders

ESPN Staff
March 26, 2013 « Ferrari takes blame for Alonso retirement | Hamilton insists he isn't Mercedes number one »
Bernie Ecclestone believes Red Bull should not be imposing team orders at this stage of the season © Sutton Images
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Bernie Ecclestone has blamed Red Bull for igniting the feud between Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber in Malaysia.

Vettel ignored a team order to hold position during the final stint of the race and went on to overtake his team-mate and win at Sepang. While Vettel's actions have been widely condemned in the press, Ecclestone believes the source of the whole problem was in Red Bull trying to impose team orders in the first place.

"At this stage of the championship, I do not believe there should be any team orders," Ecclestone told The Telegraph. "It does not matter who it is."

Ecclestone also said that it was a decision to gain extra points which may come back to haunt Vettel later in the season.

"Let's assume that these two guys are in a position to win the championship at the end of the year, then there is no way that Mark is going to help Sebastian. So Sebastian has to think about that. Maybe there will be a stage when he would like Mark to help him, but I don't think Mark is going to come up front and do it."