Vettel reopens wounds, says Webber didnít deserve favour at Sepang
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Sebastian Vettel intensified his fight with Red Bull teammate Mark Webber, saying the Australian hurt the team in the past so he did not deserve consideration in the Malaysian team orders affair. Vettel revealed at the Chinese Grand Prix on Thursday that his decision to ignore team orders and pass Webber in the closing stages of the Malaysian race was "indirectly" related to past incidents when he felt Webber went against the best interests of the Formula One team.
"There was more than one occasion in the past when he could have helped the team and he didn't," Vettel said. Asked if that was why he ignored the team orders, Vettel replied: "Indirectly so," he said.
The world champion maintained he had not understood the team order to stay behind Webber, even though he acknowledged that the code "Multi-21" ó meaning the No. 2 car stays ahead of the No. 1 car ó had been in use at the team for a long time.
Despite his claims of a mistake, Vettel said he likely would have ignored any further order from the team to give back the lead. "I would have thought about it and would probably have done the same thing because Mark doesn't deserve that," he said.
Vettel's candid comments revealed the depths of division within Red Bull. Asked whether there was trust between him and Webber, Vettel said, "I would not call it trust to be honest, we have a professional relationship. I never had support from his side (of the garage), I have a lot of support from the team and the team is supporting us both the same way."
The German had apologised to team staff for breaking team rules but laughed when asked if he had been punished in any way: "There are lots of marks on my back," and "What do you expect to happen? Make a suggestion."
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