- Sebastian Vettel: I’m not running away from Red Bull
- Why Lewis Hamilton is likely to regret his move to Mercedes
- British Grand Prix 2014: Nico Rosberg takes pole position
- Laureus Awards 2014: Vettel, Nadal, Bayern Munich, Franklin win honours
- Max Chilton: A Formula 1 pay driver or a sponsorship gold mine?
- Photos: Lewis Hamilton steps out with Nicole Scherzinger to collect GQ award
Malaysian Grand Prix 2013: Vettel apologises to team-mate Webber
Malaysian Grand Prix 2013: Sebastian Vettel apologises to Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber for passing him with 10 laps left
Malaysian Grand Prix winner Sebastian Vettel apologised to team-mate Mark Webber for overtaking him at Sepang, leading to a tense atmosphere following Red Bull’s one-two.
The defending world champion chalked up his 27th career victory and now leads the drivers’ championship after overtaking Webber 10 laps from the end.
With an uneasy feeling on the podium, the 25-year-old admitted he was not confident in his race strategy but was pleased with the close win.
“I want to say sorry to Mark. I took a lot of risk in passing him but I shouldn’t have done it,” he said.
“I wasn’t quite sure about the strategy but in the end it worked very well because we saved that extra set of tyres and gave that extra speed.
“It was very close wheel-to-wheel racing. It was a tight battle but I enjoyed the fight and had the upper hand in the end. Throughout the whole race it was very close.”
Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton was briefly in second place but Vettel fought back to overtake first the Briton and then Webber.
The Australian accused his team of favouring his team-mate and could not hide his anger at finishing second.
“In the end, Seb made his own decisions and will have protection as usual,” Webber said.
“After the last stop, the team told me the race was over and we turned the engine down. I’m disappointed with the outcome of the race.
“The first part of the race went very well for us. In the end we got the right strategy. The team made a decision which we always say before the race.”
This was not the only inter-team duel as the Mercedes pair of Nico Rosberg and Hamilton tussled for the final place on the podium.
After coming out ahead, Hamilton felt his team-mate deserved to finish third but admitted his pride at being on the podium for the first time with his new team.
“If I’m honest, I really feel Nico should be standing here,” he said.
“He had better pace than me throughout the race but he’s a great team-mate and did a fantastic job.
“The team did a fantastic job. We brought it home and I’m proud to be up here for them. I’ve got to just keep looking forward.”
In the constructors’ championship, Red Bull have a 26-point lead over both Ferrari and Lotus, while the Silver Arrows are just three points behind them in fourth. The next race is the Chinese Grand Prix in three weeks’ time in Shanghai.◀ The Sport Review homepageNext story ►
Read more on...
Sebastian Vettel: I’m not running away from Red Bull2 months ago Formula 1
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso: I have power over my F1 future2 months ago Formula 1
Brundle, Glock and more: Twitter reacts to Vettel’s Red Bull departure2 months ago Formula 1
Sebastian Vettel set to swap Red Bull for Ferrari2 months ago Formula 1
Max Verstappen: I drove ‘within limits’ on my Formula 1 debut2 months ago Formula 1
Nico Rosberg dismisses Italian Grand Prix conspiracy theories3 months ago Formula 1
Lewis Hamilton: Seeing Nico Rosberg booed in Monza ‘awkward’3 months ago Formula 1
Photos: Lewis Hamilton steps out with Nicole Scherzinger to collect GQ award3 months ago Formula 1
Nico Rosberg ‘takes responsibility’ for crash with Lewis Hamilton in Belgium3 months ago Formula 1
Ayrton Senna’s front wing end plates sold for £18,0003 months ago Formula 1
Belgian Grand Prix 2014: Hamilton ‘very upset’ after crash with Rosberg3 months ago Formula 1
Belgian Grand Prix 2014: Nico Rosberg delighted with ‘awesome’ pole3 months ago Formula 1
Belgian Grand Prix 2014: It’s great to be back, says Lewis Hamilton3 months ago Formula 1
Max Verstappen will cope in F1, says Toro Rosso chief Franz Tost3 months ago Formula 1
Red Bull chief attempts to explain Sebastian Vettel’s struggles4 months ago Formula 1
Hungarian Grand Prix 2014: Lewis Hamilton battles to third-place finish4 months ago Formula 1
Hungarian Grand Prix 2014: Hamilton suffers blow as Rosberg takes pole4 months ago Formula 1
Azerbaijan signs contract to host 2016 Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe4 months ago Formula 1
Lewis Hamilton: I did as well as I could at the German Grand Prix4 months ago Formula 1
Lewis Hamilton vows to race through pain after German Grand Prix crash4 months ago Formula 1