Distraction? From what?
From the work at hand. The RBR team and factory workers were curious, naturally, if their WDC was leaving earlier than they believed (and not an unheard of occurrence in F1, especially re: Ferarri) - and ultimately the whole team, including Seb, had to be bothered with the "hot storyline". Seb and then RBR got to spend a nice little stint denying the rumors, in and out of house, which had been "leaked" by the italian press in a timely manner. This was no one-weekend wonder you may recall, but indeed set off a little storm in the f1 press to the extent where it went from rumor to done deal (as this thread attests) - and Monty egged the situation on. The top RBR brass had to address Vettel about it, by their own admission, so it was a slick bit of PR work.
Go read post #1 of this thread - and a few more posts if you need to refresh your memory.
Edited by bourbon, 02 February 2013 - 19:12.