The Formula 1 Fans of the Cayman Islands had another exciting grand prix, the Malaysian, to savour on Sunday, which fully lived up to expectations.
They all congregated at the Lone Star on West Bay Road to watch Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel ignore orders to stay in second and battle to overtake teammate Mark Webber to win. Webber was furious after and although Vettel apologised the damage was already done.
The F1 fans lapped it all up and also had the added satisfaction of raising money for Meals On Wheels. Everyone paid a $2 donation for the charity and was entered in the free raffle for some super prizes.
Organiser and big Ferrari fan Danny Roach said: “Now, that was an epic grand prix, wasn’t it!
“Congratulations to Jerome, Nathan, Ade Doherty and Shaun Devine on winning our door prizes which were provided Morgans Harbour, Automotive Art Cayman and Mike’s ESSO On the Run,” he added. “We raised $192 in cash and an estimated $125 in food and grocery donations for Meals On Wheels. Our next race is the Chinese Grand Prix on 14 April from 9am.”
The furore Vettel has caused has even angered former drivers. Red Bull should suspend the German for one race as punishment for disobeying team orders in Malaysia, says former McLaren driver John Watson.
Vettel ignored a call to stay behind Webber and overtook him with 13 laps left to win the race.
Watson, a 66-year-old Northern Irishman who won five grand prix and finished third in the 1982 drivers’ championship, was reacting to the dramatic conclusion to Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix.
During the race, which Webber led from lap six, three-time world champion Vettel repeatedly asked the Red Bull management to make his teammate move over for him. But they ordered him to stay behind Webber, with team principal Christian Horner accusing Vettel of “silly” behaviour.
Vettel, however, maintained his offensive and passed Webber around the outside in turn four after their final pit stops.
Watson said Horner’s authority had been undermined by Vettel and called on the team boss to take action.