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Vettel says sorry to Webber

2013-03-24 11:17:00

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Vettel says sorry to Webber

Sebastian Vettel has apologised to his team-mate Mark Webber after he "robbed" him of victory at the Malaysia Grand Prix....

Sebastian Vettel has apologised to his team-mate Mark Webber after he "robbed" him of victory at the Malaysia Grand Prix.


Webber appeared to be on course for the victory at Sepang International Circuit and he was told to turn his engine down by his team with more than 10 laps still to go while Vettel was ordered not to challenge for position.

However, triple World Champion Vettel ignored the calls from the pit wall and attacked the Australian for P1. They went side-by-side on the pitwall and nearly made contact, but the end result was Vettel overtaking his team-mate and going on to win the race.

Webber and team principal Christian Horner were not happy with Vettel after the race with the latter saying: "They took it into their own hands, which was uncomfortable for us - we gave them instructions to hold station but Sebastian took it into his own hands to win the race - he wanted to win."

Vettel, though, admits he got it wrong and apologised to Webber.

"I want to say sorry to Mark," he said. "I did a big mistake today.

"We should have stayed in the positions we were in. I didn't ignore it [the order] on purpose but I messed up in that situation.

"I took the lead from Mark, which I can see now he is upset about, but I want to be honest and stick to truth, and apologise.

"I took quite a lot of risk to pass him and I should have behaved better.

"It doesn't help his feelings right now. Apologies to Mark and now result is there, but all I can say is that I didn't do it deliberately."

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