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Formula One: Vettel denies ignoring team orders

World champion Sebastian Vettel denied sparking another Red Bull team orders row after he appeared to ignore an instruction during the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday. Vettel grumpily replied, "Tough luck" when told to yield to his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, who was closing fast in fifth, after the first round of pitstops. Ricciardo eventually passed two laps later and finished fourth, 21 seconds ahead of Vettel in fifth. Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton was the winner.

Formula One: Vettel admits Ricciardo doing better job

Sebastian Vettel admitted he needs to raise his game after Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo on Saturday again out-qualified the four-time world champion at the Chinese Grand Prix. Ricciardo was no match for pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton, who was fastest by almost six-tenths of a second, but he put himself ahead of Vettel by qualifying on the front row for the second time this season, with the German third.

Vettel shows champion qualities to make front row

By Patrick Johnston SEPANG, Malaysia (Reuters) - Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel overcame more reliability problems to steer his struggling Red Bull onto the front row of the grid for the Malaysian Grand Prix on Saturday. Second place in qualifying at a wet Sepang raised the German's spirits after he was forced to retire early in the Australian season-opener two weeks ago following dismal pre-season testing.

Formula One: Red Bull 'fired up' says resurgent Vettel

World champion Sebastian Vettel said his Red Bull team were "fired up" and ready to challenge Mercedes after he recovered from his recent problems to place second in Malaysian Grand Prix qualifying Saturday. The German, who qualified 12th at the season-opener in Australia and lasted just a few laps of the race, admitted Mercedes looked superior in the early stages of the year.

Vettel's winning streak ends in Australia

By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Sebastian Vettel's record run of nine consecutive race victories ended on Sunday when the quadruple world champion retired his Red Bull from the season-opening Australian Grand Prix with a reliability problem. The German complained of a lack of boost pressure during his pre-race installation lap and was noticeably lacking in power when taking off from 12th place on the grid.

Formula One: Vettel ready to attack, despite problems

Four-time Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel has said he plans to go on the attack in Sunday's season-opening Australian Grand Prix, despite problems with his Red Bull car. "We have been very successful in the last few years, but now things are a bit more difficult, we will start the season at a bit of a disadvantage," Vettel told broadcaster Servus TV. "That means we have to fight, charge forward and take everything we can get."

Vettel behind off track as well as on it

LONDON (Reuters) - Ferrari's Fernando Alonso is Formula One's most marketable driver with Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel only fourth despite winning the last four world championships, according to a report published on Tuesday. The report by global sports marketing research firm Repucom found the Spaniard, a double world champion, enjoyed the greatest worldwide recognition and celebrity impact while Germany's Vettel ranked only fourth.

Formula One: Fans want to see Vettel lose, says Ecclestone

Formula One fans want to see four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel lose to make Grand Prix races more appealing, Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone said in an interview on Wednesday. "Many people want to see Vettel lose because it would finally make it (the World Drivers' Championship) more exciting again," the 83-year-old Ecclestone told German daily Bild. The 26-year-old Vettel is looking to win his fifth straight world title when the season starts with the Australian Grand Prix on March 16.

Formula One: Vettel still in shock over Schumacher accident

Four-time Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel has said he is still coming to terms with the serious injuries suffered by compatriot Michael Schumacher in a skiing accident last month. Schumacher, himself a seven-time world champion, remains in a medically-induced coma following the accident whilst skiing off-piste in the French Alps. "I was as shocked as everybody else in the paddock," Vettel said in a press conference on the first day of testing ahead of the 2014 season in Jerez, southern Spain.

Vettel 'shocked' by Schumacher accident

German Formula One quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel said Monday he was shocked by the skiing accident that left his compatriot Michael Schumacher with a serious head injury. "I am shocked and I hope that he'll be feeling better as soon as possible," Vettel, 26, told German sporting news agency SID, an AFP subsidiary. "I wish his family much strength now." Schumacher, who turns 45 on Friday, remains in critical condition after neurosurgical surgery at a Grenoble hospital, following his skiing accident Sunday when he fell and hit a rock. sid-fz/spm/ns
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