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Ecclestone backs Vettel in team order controversy

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F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has backed Sebastian Vettel's decisions to disobey team orders at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Vettel caused controversy at the weekend when he overtook team-mate Mark Webber once both drivers had been told to turn down their engines and hold position. But Ecclestone thinks that Vettel was right to take advantage of the situation, telling Sky Sports that he would have done the same.

"If I was Sebastian Vettel, having won three world championships for the team, and somebody came on the radio and started giving me instructions, I'd probably do exactly the same as Kimi Raikkonen did when he came back and they gave him some instructions. I'd say, 'I know what I'm doing'.

"I always say, show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser. Sebastian is not a loser. Sebastian is a winner."

Ecclestone added that Red Bull team boss Christian Horner had not been undermined by Vettel's actions despite being unable to control his driver.

"I don't think he's undermined Christian's authority. Christian knows exactly what should have happened didn't happen. But put yourself in Christian's position, what should he now do? Did he give orders in the first place? If he did, how could he then give more orders?"

Asked if he would discipline Vettel if he was in Horner's shoes, Ecclestone added: "I don't think I'd give that any consideration. I'd say to Sebastian, 'In the future don't make me look an idiot'."

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