'Webber did not deserve to win' – Vettel
11 April 2013 – Reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel has expanded his thoughts on the Malaysian Grand Prix controversy by claiming that Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber, who he overtook in the closing stages of the race, 'didn't deserve' victory.
The German pulled off an aggressive move for the lead amid repeated calls to hold second position, but despite arguing that he misunderstood the multi-21 instruction, he says he would probably repeat his actions if the situation was to repeat itself.
"I am not sure I can give you a proper answer, because in the moment it might be different, but I would probably do the same," Vettel commented.
"Had I understood the message and had I thought about it, thought about what the team wanted to do by leaving Mark in first place and me finishing second, I think I would have thought about it and I would probably have done the same thing. He didn't deserve it."
Vettel went on to discuss what has been a troublesome working relationship with Webber over the years, claiming that the Australian has failed to help him in the past.
"I never had support from his side," Vettel added. "I have a lot of support from the team, and the team has supported both of us in the same way. In terms of the relationship with Mark, I respect him a lot as a racing driver, but I think there was more than one occasion in the past where he could have helped the team and he didn't."
Vettel heads into this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix as the championship leader, with the 25-year-old holding a nine point advantage over Lotus rival Kimi Räikkönen.