Don't buy into Vettel as the villain

Don't buy into Vettel as the villain

Sebastian Vettel has been cast as the villain of the piece in Formula 1 2013. But Edd Straw insists that you shouldn't buy into the caricature

Sport polarises. It thrives on its villains as much as its heroes. Perhaps more so, as it needs its villains to define that heroism. Often the line dividing the two is paper-thin.

Nowhere is that dichotomy more starkly realised than in the Red Bull garage. In the wake of riding roughshod over team orders to steal Malaysian Grand Prix victory from Mark Webber, Vettel is seen by many as a cold, ruthless antagonist. He is the evil figure looming in the shadows in a melodrama, shrouded in a cape, after tying the heroine to a railway line.

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