Ron Dennis slams "disrespectful" Sebastian Vettel

Ron Dennis of McLaren is seen during practice for the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at the Albert Park Circuit on March 25, 2011
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McLaren chairman Ron Dennis criticises four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel for being "disrespectful" towards the new F1 engines.
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McLaren chairman Ron Dennis has criticised Sebastian Vettel's attitude after he reacted negatively to the sound of the new F1 engines.

Vettel reportedly said that the "noise of the engine is shit" following the introduction of the 1.6-litre V6 turbo-charged power units this year.

FIA president Jean Todt wrote a letter to the four-time world champion warning him about his future conduct, and Dennis also believes that the German acted disrespectfully.

"Being a world champion requires a dignified approach to everything, so putting aside the language, even the sentiment is inappropriate," Dennis is quoted as saying by PA.

"But the simple fact is if he was sat in a Mercedes he would be extremely happy, and I'm quite sure any four or five-letter words would be more of joy.

"He should just reflect on the fact he has had a period of dominance, and just because that dominance is being shaken by Mercedes, it doesn't give him the licence to be disrespectful of the obligations placed on him as a world champion."

Vettel finished down in sixth place as Lewis Hamilton won the Bahrain Grand Prix earlier today.

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