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Post-race press conference - Malaysian GP - Pt.2

Mark, obviously emotions still very high but were the situation reversed in the future, would you stick to an agreement to turn down the engine and hold station, or would you ignore the call going by what happened today and pass Seb?

Mark Webber:
I think that question is not going to be answered right now. Let's just say there were a lot of things going through my mind in the last 15 laps of the Grand Prix, lots of different reasons, not just from today but also from the past. We'll see what happens. We've got three weeks before the next race.

Q: (Ann Giuntini – L'Equipe).
We know you are all tough competitors and it doesn't belong to us to judge you too severely; just a question: would you be ready, if there is the opportunity, to offer a victory to Mark, not at the end of the championship when you are already champion or when it's over, but during the season. If there is a tough fight between you, and you are ahead and he's behind.

Sebastian Vettel:
I think we had that question already. I think it was actually the first question that I got. I think it's something we need to think about, I need to think about but for sure, I can only say this, obviously, like I say, I made a mistake, I'm not proud of it. As I say, if I had the chance to do it again, I wouldn't do the same but obviously there's a lot of things that need to come together, to put ourselves in a similar position but yeah, it's definitely something that will be remembered or should be remembered.

Q: (Gary Meenaghan – The National).
Seb, Mark's mentioned he thought about a lot of things for the last 15 laps, can you talk a bit about what you were thinking in those last 15 laps and when did you realise that you'd made the mistake?

Sebastian Vettel:
As I said, I didn't do it deliberately so I didn't realise I had made a mistake, only when I came back but by not everybody's but the team's reaction, I realised. I had a very short word with Mark and then it hit me quite hard and I realised that I fucked up.

Q: (Peter Windsor – F1 Racing).
Sebastian, first lap with Fernando Alonso, did you feel anything in the impact?

Sebastian Vettel:
Yeah I was a bit surprised. Obviously I had quite a good launch and I kept the lead into Turn One. We know that Turn One is not necessarily it, there's also Turn Two and I tried to defend and because it was very slippery I had to turn in into Turn Two and got a little bit of a hit, so I'm not sure whether it was him or someone else. But when I got the hit and looked into the mirror I saw he was quite close. I don't know what happened. I'm pretty sure he carried on after that. I think Mark passed him straight away. I was only told in the end that he didn't finish the race. I don't whether that is the reason.

Q: (Livio Oricchio – O Estado de Sao Paulo).
A question to all drivers. What do you think the fans of Formula One will think when they hear or they read that the winner is saying “I'm sorry to win, the second should be here and the third says “I'm sorry to be here my team-mate that is fourth should be here”?

Sebastian Vettel:
I think it's great for you because you have a lot to write about. We have quite a while until the next race it's good for you, I'm sure you don't get bored. I didn't say, I think generally, you know I'm not sorry to win, I think we both of us drove a strong race today but Mark should have won. I did the mistake. I can only repeat it now. People can think in a way what they want, they will always make up their own story, but as I said I wasn't aware until we took off our helmets really, so I'm sorry for that. But surely I will try to make up, first of all explain downstairs what happened.

Mark Webber:
As I say, I'm a big sports fan and the fans of any sport will want it to be a perfect world always. We want it to be pure, we want it to be as we see – football, boxing, cycling, whatever. We want it to be real. But there is an element of naivety… for me watching some sport as well and in the case of some Formula One fans watching this situation. It's impossible for everybody to understand everything and that's the same for me watching a football match or a Champions League match. Sometimes there are things you don't understand because sometimes there is naivety.

Lewis Hamilton:
I don't have anything to say.

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23.03.2013- Press conference, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9
24.03.2013- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9
24.03.2013- Race, the podium; winner Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9, 3rd Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04
24.03.2013- Race, the podium; winner Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9, 2nd Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9, 3rd Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04
24.03.2013- Race, the podium; winner Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9, 2nd Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9

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John - Unregistered

March 24, 2013 8:32 PM

I am baffled.not long ago we complained at the use of team orders.now we complain when they are ignored. Am I missing something? The winner is first past the post. A shame it was seb but that's just my opinion!

Angelina - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 2:34 AM

35edme Adrian Newey is not stupid to prove that his cars are midfield and lower midfield but all the wins, podiums and championships are thanks to Seb Vettel's driving and speed.

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