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I’d probably do same again, says Vettel

Sebastian Vettel: I think I'm the kind of guy that respects team decisions but on the other hand Mark is not the one that deserved it [the victory] at the time.
Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel has said he would 'probably' do the same again and ignore team orders if he was told to hold station behind team-mate, Mark Webber.

Vettel caused much controversy in Malaysia last month, when he disobeyed the 'Multi 21' instruction and overtook the sister car to claim the victory.

Speaking ahead of this weekend's race in China, the third round in the 2013 F1 World Championship, the German added that in way it was 'indirect' pay back for similar situations in the past, when Webber has also ignored commands from the pit wall.



“I respect Mark a lot as a racing driver but I think there was more than one occasions in the past when he could have helped the team but he didn't,” Vettel told reporters in Shanghai.

“Was it payback? Probably you could say indirectly so. But as I tried to explain after the race in my opinion it's always best to be truthful. Maybe sometimes the truth is not what the people want to hear because as you can see controversy is more popular than the truth. I told you after the race what happened; I was racing, as a racing driver I was solely focused on winning the race. I got a call on the radio which I heard but I didn't understand at the time.

“I should have understood, that's why I apologised to the team because in my action I put myself above the team but that wasn't my intention. Whether you believe me or not is up to you.”

Pressed on if he would do the same again, he replied he would and that Webber didn't really deserve the victory.

“I'm not sure I can give you a proper answer because in the moment it might be different but I'd probably do the same," he admitted.

“I think if I had understood the message then obviously I would have thought about it - I'm not sure I can give you a perfect answer on this - but thinking about it I probably had realised at the moment that there was quite a conflict. On the one hand I think I'm the kind of guy that respects team decisions but on the other hand Mark is not the one that deserved it at the time.”




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24.03.2013- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9
24.03.2013- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9 overtaking  Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9
24.03.2013- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9
24.03.2013- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9 overtaking Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9
24.03.2013- Race, press conference;  Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9
11.04.2013- Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9
11.04.2013- Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9

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Ab - Unregistered

April 11, 2013 12:16 PM

Whatever Seb. You lost a lot more fans than you gained. Most who comment defending you just want to see you both race to the end. I do too. Lap times prior multi21 show that mark was holding u well under racing. You also heard the multi21 fine and slowed down just as mark did. Until your in and outlap where through amazing talent you closed 4 seconds on mark who was cruising. Before you disagree with this, check the lap times and gaps for the 10 laps prior to the pits. I have. It's not kindergarten. No one cares if u apologise. Mark will get u back and mark usually races well when he has something to prove. Keep telling everyone it was racing and you were being honest. Maybe you'll start to believe it too.



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