The Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel has issued an apology to his teammate Mark Webber after the Malaysian Grand Prix. The 25-year-old German driver was ordered by his team to stay behind Webber in the final 13 laps of the race. Webber had been told previously by the team to conserve his tires and engine. Instead, Vettel fought with an unexpected Webber over a few corners, and ultimately managed to get the victory. This was the 27th career victory of the German, who has three world championship titles to his name. However, the incident has caused a lot of controversy in the sport.
In the post race press conference, Vettel said that he should not have done what he did in the race, but he had no explanation for his actions. However, he extended an apology to Webber by saying that this action should not have happened. He said that he is completely understanding the frustration and annoyance within the 36-year-old Australian, who has threatened to quit the sport over continued support to Vettel by his team. Despite such an incident, the Red Bull team principal Christian Horner failed to criticise Vettel, and said that the matter will be dealt by the team internally. The actions of Vettel has drawn great criticism in the F1 paddock.
“I messed up. I would love to come up with a nice excuse or a nice story but I can’t. That’s the truth. I can completely understand Mark’s frustration and the team not being happy. After the last stop, the team told me the race was over. The team made their decision. Seb made his own decision and he will have protection as usual. I owe a proper explanation and apology to Mark and the team,” said Vettel. Webber has said that the upcoming three-week break should help him heal the pain.