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Vettel: I don’t apologise for winning

10 April 2013

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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