Vettel: I never had support from Mark

By on Thursday, April 11, 2013

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Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel has said that he has not had support from Mark Webber during their career as team mates.

Vettel passed Webber for the race lead during the Malaysian Grand Prix, directly against the wishes of his team.

"The bottom line is I was racing, I was faster, I passed him, I won," Vettel said during his media conference in China.

Vettel also believes Webber has not helped the team in the past.

"I never had support from his side. In terms of my relationship with Mark, I respect him a lot as a racing driver but I think there was more than one occasion in the past when he could have helped the team but didn't."

The German also insists that he is not sorry for winning.

"I didn't mean to ignore the team's order. I got a call on the radio which I didn't understand but which I should have understood. That's why I have apologised - because, with that action, I put myself above the team. That wasn't my intention, although whether you believe me or not is up to you. "I apologised to the team because the last thing I want as a team member is to disobey a team order. My intention as a racing driver was to win the race and I don't apologise for winning the race."

Vettel also hit out at suggestions that Red Bull has not sufficiently punished him.

"Maybe it is a little bit of a dreamland that you all live in, but what do you expect to happen? Make a suggestion!"


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