F1 » 25 March 2013
Horner admits Vettel was wrong to pass Webber
"[Vettel]'s obviously chosen to hear what he wants to hear. He's a race driver, he's competitive, he's hungry. He hasn't achieved the championships that he has by not pushing the limits. He's pushed that today with his team-mate and with the team.
"Do you honestly think that, if we'd told him to slow down and give the place back, he'd given it back? There's no point. He'd made it quite clear what his intention was by making the move. He put his interests beyond what the team's position was. He was focused on that points difference between second and first place - which was wrong.”
Vettel insisted that he had not deliberately ignored the order from pit-wall, and therefore had no reason to question his attack for the lead, or consider giving the place back to Webber in the laps before the chequered flag.
“Obviously, I'm the black sheep right now,” he agreed, “I put myself in that position so all I can say is apologies to Mark. I know that, right now, having just come out of the car, it's probably difficult to explain everything, but the pass was deliberate - obviously I wanted to pass him, you could see that, otherwise you wouldn't even try, but I didn't mean to ignore the strategy or the call. I made a mistake, simply.”
Horner confirmed that, although the matter had already been broached with the three-time champion, there was still a need to sit down and discuss it properly, particularly as Vettel was insisting that he hadn't been clear on the call from pit-wall.
"He felt that he hadn't heard the call and that it was unclear to him what the instruction was,” Horner concluded, “But it's the type of thing we talk about behind closed doors. He and I have had the discussion already [but], taking the emotion out of it and with time to reflect, we'll have [another] discussion."
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