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Mika Hakkinen has launched a tirade at Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel following his decision to ignore team orders at the Chinese Grand Prix.
Vettel has a track record of disobeying orders from his team and he did himself no favours when asked to move out of the way for team mate Daniel Ricciardo.
The four-time world champion was running low on tread and his team were keen for Ricciardo to pass so he could secure fourth place.
Despite the German’s reluctance to move Ricciardo had enough power and pace to overtake and finished ahead of the four-time world champion for the second time this term.
Hakkinen said: “For Vettel it is a sad surprise that Ricciardo is constantly beating him, but the instructions of the team have to be followed.”
The 26-year-old caused a rift in the Red Bull team last season in similar circumstances when he was asked to hold off and sit in behind former team mate Mark Webber in Malaysia.
However, Vettel once again took matters into his own hands and bypassed the Australian leading to widespread criticism.
Hakkinen continued: “Vettel is behaving in a way that will sooner or later hurt himself as such things one remembers when he wants to change teams.”