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.
Webber, by contrast, is the hard-working, subjugated hero. He is the little guy who is never given a chance by the sinister Austro-Milton Keynesian empire. A luckless serf who is shoved back in his box every time he is about to upset the established order to the point where some, idiotically, suggest that his car's out-of-fuel and wheel-shedding moments were some kind of anti-Webber conspiracy.
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.