'I should have behaved better' – Vettel
24 March 2013 – Sebastian Vettel has admitted that he ‘should have behaved better’ during the closing stages of the Malaysian Grand Prix, with the German ignoring Red Bull’s pre-race strategy by overtaking team-mate Mark Webber in the final stint to claim victory.
The triple World Champion, who apologised to Webber for any ill-feelings, says he was eager to get past while he had the grip available on his final set of Medium tyres.
"It was very close wheel-to-wheel racing," Vettel said of the final lead battle. "There wasn’t much room for either of us. On the softer compound at the end, I was a little too keen too soon. I felt that I had a bit more.
"I took the lead from Mark, which I can see now he is upset about, but I want to be honest and apologise. I took quite a lot of risk to pass; I should have behaved better. It doesn't help his feelings right now. Apologies to Mark, all I can say is that I didn't do it deliberately."
Vettel assumes the title lead as a result of his 27th career victory, moving nine points clear of Melbourne winner Kimi Räikkönen who finished seventh this afternoon.