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Sebastian Vettel ignored Red Bull’s request of not attempting to set the fastest lap in the closing stages of the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday resurfacing the German’s repeated defiance of his team.
Earlier in the season, the defending champion had ignored team orders at the Malaysian GP and snatched a win from teammate Mark Webber, opting not to hold station in second place as instructed.
At Monte Carlo, the 25-year-old chose to ignore his team’s request again.
"Sebastian, you know the score, don't take any risks," race engineer Guillaume Rocquelin warned over the radio.
“But satisfaction… instead of going slow for 77 laps,” Vettel replied referring to racing on the tricky Pirelli tyres as he set the fastest lap of the race on the penultimate lap.
Indeed, Vettel had no reason to take any risks as he was about four seconds behind race leader and eventual winner Nico Rosberg and more than two seconds ahead of Webber, who finished third.
"No satisfaction for us though," was Rocquelin’s response.
"Let's discuss this after the race," concluded Vettel as he went on to seal his 50th career podium, becoming the the youngest driver to reach the milestone.
The championship leader also completed his 57th straight race without retiring due to an accident, and consequently passed the record set by Nick Heidfeld (from the 2006 French GP to the 2009 Italian GP).
The Turkish Grand Prix in 2010 was the last time Vettel had registered a DNF because of a crash, after he collided into Webber when fighting for the lead.