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Sebastian Vettel realised the gravity of the situation for controversially overtaking teammate Mark Webber at the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday only after the race ended.
Red Bull had issued an order for the pair to hold position when they were running one-two with Webber turning his engine down and cruising, believing that the “fight was off”.
But Vettel charged at the Australian and passed him to take the lead and win the race, leaving Webber in a foul mood and even calling the German a “quick peddler”.
"Seb made his own decisions and will have protection and that’s the way it goes," Webber said quashing his teammate’s hopes of dealing with the situation internally.
Vettel offered his apologies admitting that he was now the “black sheep” who had erred and that he “should have behaved better”.
“I messed up,” said the triple champion. “I can see now he’s upset, but yeah, I want to be honest at least and stick to the truth and apologise. I know that it doesn’t really help his feelings right now.
"I realised I had made a mistake only when I came back (to parc ferme) but not by everybody’s but the team’s reaction. I had a very short word with Mark and then it hit me quite hard and I realised that I f***ed up,” he added.
“I’m not proud that I made it. If I had the chance to do it again, I would do it differently but it doesn’t count now.”
Vettel described his relationship with Webber as a professional one, but without any problems – at least until now.
“We are not best friends,” said the 25-year-old.
Webber expressed his feelings as very raw and is now waiting to find out how the team deals with it revealing that the episode made him consider his future with Red Bull and even Formula 1.
“My mind, in the last 15 laps was thinking that many things,” confessed the 36-year-old. "This puts heat on a few people and unfortunately there’s no rewind button."