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Sebastian Vettel criticised by Martin Brundle after Malaysian GP

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Former successful F1 driver Martin Brundle will no doubt agree that drivers with a bit of extra attitude and cockiness are great entertainment and fascinating to watch for spectators. However, Sebastian Vettel may have taken this a bit too far in Brundle's eyes with his recent showcases.

Brundle has gone after the 30-year-old and thinks if he doesn't keep better control of his emotions, Lewis Hamilton will run away with the Drivers' Championship.

"He is driving brilliantly, but his extra-curricular activity and attitude is making it unnecessarily difficult. With five races to go, he still has a chance to steal this title, as he's done before," Brundle wrote for Sky Sports.

The popular commentator was particularly perplexed at Vettel's decision to get a ride on a Sauber instead of getting in the nearby medical car, after colliding with Lance Stroll following the chequered flag.

He added: "Vettel then risked a penalty by taking his technically-sensitive steering wheel with him while hitching a lift on a Sauber, with a perfectly sensible medical car waiting nearby. There's just no point in provoking the stewards and testing the rules like that."

As an ex-F1 driver himself, Brundle recalls the dangers of sitting on the side of a moving F1 car at any speed, let alone the 80kph the Sauber was doing at the time.

"I've hitched an F1 lift many moons ago and it's actually quite scary because the guy seat-belted-in who's just done a race at 200mph thinks he's going extremely slowly, but that's not how it feels clinging onto the bodywork."

Brundle does appreciate that Vettel is entertaining and by becoming a big talking point for F1, attracts new fans to the sport. Nevertheless, there might be a point when he needs to take a look at the bigger picture.

"I like spirited drivers but I mention all this because it's costing Vettel a world championship."

With 125 points still left to play for in this year's championship, Vettel is far from finished.

However, if Vettel isn't switched on and Red Bull manage to take more points away from these key races, it will cost Vettel much more than his Mercedes counterpart considering Hamilton has extended his lead on the Ferrari frontman to 34 points.

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