Vettel: “I don’t apologise for winning” in Malaysia

2013 Malaysian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Sepang, 2013Sebastian Vettel said he does not apologise for winning the Malaysian Grand Prix after disobeying orders to finish behind Mark Webber.

“I think there is not much to add than what happened,” said Vettel in a video interview ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix.

“I told the team straight after I apologised 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, I think that is why people employed me in the first place and why I’m here. I love racing so that’s what I did.”

In the immediate aftermath of the race Vettel said “it?s not a victory I?m very proud of because it should have been Mark’s“.

Vettel said the row over what happened in the final laps overshadowed a strong performance by Red Bull: “I think unfortunately people didn’t see that we performed well on the day – 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 etc… I think that’s what people forgot and I think what stuck to their heads was the way the race ended.”

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  1. “Vettel told reporters including AUTOSPORT in China on Thursday that Webber had not assisted him in the past and was not entitled to the Sepang win.”

    So the “true racer” Vettel is now also the judge who decides who is and who is not entitled to win a race? Very sportsman-like indeed. Thumbs up Seb, you’re doing just fine.

  2. Sparks will fly, from here on. H. Marko already said earlier this week that no team orders will be given in the future. That is just a preemptive hypocritical comment since they know none of the two drivers will obey team orders, from here, on. I will be surprised if MW finishes the season driving for RBR. They will clash and crash and MW will be sacked. Fine by me.

  3. Shahryar Ali
    12th April 2013, 0:06

    He felt sorry for what he did but now he wants to take the pressure off and focus on racing. I wouldn’t have done what he did in Malaysia but i’ll do the same what he is doing now.

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