F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has come to the defence of the under-fire Sebastian Vettel in the wake of the Malaysian Grand Prix controversy.

Vettel had been instructed to hold station, but ignored team orders and battled pass team-mate, Mark Webber with eleven laps remaining. His actions caused much friction within the Red Bull camp, and while he visited the team's Milton Keynes base on Thursday and apologised in person, Ecclestone has said it is the mark of a true champion and a winner to exploit every opportunity that comes ones way.

"If I was Sebastian Vettel, having won three World Championships for the team and somebody came on the radio and started giving me instructions, I'd probably do exactly the same as Kimi Raikkonen did when he came back and they gave him some instructions. I'd say, 'I know what I'm doing'," Ecclestone told Sky Sports F1.

"I always say, show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser. Sebastian is not a loser. Sebastian is a winner."

Ecclestone meanwhile also dismissed talk the team should take disciplinary action against their number one driver.

F1 veteran John Watson said earlier this week that Red Bull should suspend Vettel for one race for his failure to comply at Sepang [see separate story]. Ecclestone, however, doesn't agree: "I don't think I'd give that any consideration. I'd say to Sebastian, 'In future don't make me look an idiot'," Mr E added.

"But they [Red Bull] don't care who wins. They want to win the Championship. For them what difference does it make?"


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