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Vettel: I'm not sorry for winning

Sebastian Vettel says he is sorry for putting himself above his team at Sepang - but isn't sorry for winning the Malaysian Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel has said he won't apologise for winning the Malaysian Grand Prix, despite the fact he has already said sorry for going against team orders to clinch victory at Sepang.

Vettel went against an order from the team an overtook Mark Webber to secure his first victory of the year – angering his team-mate and leading to something of a backlash against the champion for his actions on track.

The German apologised after the race for going against the orders he had been given from the pits but has now insisted that, while shouldn't have put himself above the team, he wouldn't apologise for winning the race.

"There is not much to add than what happened," he said. "I apologised to the team straight after for putting myself above the team, which I didn't mean to do. But there is not much more to say, really.

“I don't apologise for winning, that is why people employed me in the first place and why I'm here. I love racing and that's what I did.”

Vettel added the he felt the fall-out from the Multi 21 saga had overshadowed how strong Red Bull were in Malaysia as they clinched their first 1-2 finish of the year.

"I think unfortunately people didn't see that we performed well on the day,” he said. “As a team I think we did a very good job. We got a fantastic result and I think we'd had a very strong weekend in Australia already, even if we didn't get quite the result we wanted.

“But in Malaysia we were surprised again to be at the top and racing at the top and the whole race we worked excellently well with the tyres. That's what people forgot and I think what stuck in their heads was obviously the way the race ended."

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April 10, 2013 7:06 PM
Last Edited 559 days ago

Good for Sebastian! This whole crap about Team orders is stupid! If Mark Webber couldn't run at 100% anymore but Vetel obviously could then what is the big deal? Why was Webber tuned down in the final laps? His beef and everyone's beef should be with the team that tuned down Webber's car. Not Vettel's fault that he kept his car well enough to win. Isn't that the objective here after all? Stupid silly stuff F1 has turned out to be. Let them race their cars 'til the end! Oh, and shame on Mercedes for telling Nico to stay put too!


April 10, 2013 7:49 PM
Last Edited 559 days ago

I have to admit, I gained a lot of respect for Lewis after his podium and he almost seemed ashamed to have gotten 3rd with team orders. Funny how Webber doesn't feel the same way. Guess winners want to win at all costs and not by way of team orders. I don't think Seb should apologize. If Webber turned his car down, he could have turned it back up. Didn't look like he just let Seb past any ways. He raced, he just lost. Team orders suck. I hate that they're allowed.

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