Vettel wins Bulls' fight

Three-time defending champion Sebastian Vettel held off Red Bull teammate Mark Webber in a scintillating battle to win the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday, with the German later apologizing for ignoring team instructions late in the race.

Vettel, who had earlier complained to the team about Webber's slow pace, battled the Australian for much of the day, with the cars almost touching as the German grabbed the lead on the 46th lap for his 27th victory, which matches the total of three-time champion Jackie Stewart. The German now leads Lotus driver Kimi Raiikonen by nine points in the title.

The aggressive Vettel left Webber visibly upset, with the Australian driver refusing to acknowledge his teammate after the race. Webber said that he had slowed while in the lead to save his tires and engine only to be passed by Vettel. Asked if the fight had him reconsidering his role at Red Bull, Webber said he had "a lot of things going through my mind.''

"It was a close fight and I'm not entirely happy,'' Vettel said. "I made a big mistake today and we should have stayed in the position. I messed up in that situation and took the lead from Mark and can say now he is upset. Apologies to Mark. The result is there and all I can say is that I didn't do it deliberately.''

Vettel insisted he wasn't aware of his error until after the race. "Mark should have won,'' Vettel said, adding that he won't make the mistake again.

Webber enjoyed a great start to the race, jumping from fifth into second and then grabbed the lead on the ninth lap. He traded places with Vettel several times in the first half of the race as they both pitted and the German nearly got past Webber on the 33rd lap after coming out of the pits.

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