Sebastian Vettel has apologized for beating Red Bull teammate Mark Webber to win the Malaysian Grand Prix against team orders.
Webber had led much of the race and came out of the pits after his final stop just ahead of a challenging Vettel. Despite Red Bull asking its drivers to hold station and to turn the engines down and look after the tyres, Vettel continued to attack.
After running very close to the pit wall as he challenged Webber, Vettel made it by to secure his first victory of 2013. Webber made his displeasure obvious after the race and Vettel subsequently issued a public apology.
"At the end I felt I had strong pace and on a new set of medium tires I had a bit more speed ," related the World Champion. "It was a close fight, but I did a big mistake today.
"We should have stayed in the positions we were in. I didn't ignore it [the order] on purpose but I messed up in that situation. I took the lead from Mark, which I can see now he is upset about, but I want to be honest and stick to truth, and apologize.
"I took quite a lot of risk to pass him and I should have behaved better. It doesn't help his feelings right now. Apologies to Mark and now result is there, but all I can say is that I didn't do it deliberately."