Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber 'likely to clash again'

By Lawrence BarrettoBBC Sport
F1: Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber battle in Malaysia

Red Bull have not heard the last of the team orders incident which overshadowed the Malaysian Grand Prix, according to former driver John Watson.

Sebastian Vettel ignored a call to stay behind team-mate Mark Webber and overtook him with 13 laps left to win the race.

"The Malaysia thing has been swept under the carpet," Watson said. "I don't know how long it can stay there.

When team-mates fall out

"I suspect we will still see ructions at races later in the year."

Reigning champion Vettel apologised afterwards, but subsequently said he did not apologise for winning and he may disobey orders again.

Since the incident in the second race of the season, the German has gone on to finish fourth in China and to secure a second victory last time out in Bahrain, to lead the drivers' championship by 10 points.

In contrast, Webber retired from the race in China and finished seventh in Bahrain to trail his team-mate by 45 points.

Webber and Vettel have not found themselves battling each other on track since Sepang, but Watson believes there may still be repercussions when the situation does arise in the future.

"There will be occasions where Webber and Vettel will be running in a one-two situation," added Watson, 66 - who won five grands prix and finished third in the 1982 drivers' championship - ahead of Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix.

"What authority does the pit wall now have to control certainly one of its drivers but most likely both of them?

"I can imagine Webber will think: 'I did the right thing and was prevented from winning that race and now I find myself with a team-mate who doesn't obey team orders and doesn't receive any sanction or penalty - so why should I bother obeying team orders?'

"I think the team have shown incredible weakness by not penalising their number one driver and they have now created a rod for their own back.

"They have, in effect, let him run roughshod over the authority of the team principal.

"Red Bull have opened Pandora's box. How can anybody control Vettel from now on?"

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