Sebastian Vettel has apologised to Mark Webber after failing to adhere to team orders during the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Red Bull ordered Webber and Vettel to maintain their position but Vettel overtook Webber to secure his first win of 2013.
“I messed up today. I would love to come up with a nice excuse as to why I did it, but I can’t,” said Vettel.
“I can understand Mark’s frustration and the team not being happy with what I did today; I owe an explanation to him and the whole team. I will try to explain to them later. We talk about this situation happening many times and what we will do if and when it happens and normally it doesn’t, but today it did and I should have translated the call into action.”
“I got the call and I ignored it”.
“Mark and I are used to fighting each other when we’re close, but with the tyres how they are now, and not knowing how long they will last, it was an extremely big risk to ignore the call to stay second. We could have ended up finishing eighth or ninth after destroying the tyres in those two laps; I put myself above a team decision, which was wrong. I didn’t mean to and I apologise. I’m not happy I’ve won, I made a mistake and if I could undo it I would. It’s not easy right now and I owe apologies to Mark and the team.”