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F1's Vettel: I don't apologise for winning
08:08 AEST Thu Apr 11 2013

Three-time Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel says he feels no need to apologise for winning following his controversial victory at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

The 25-year-old German, who ignored team orders to overtake Red Bull teammate Mark Webber, said the row had made people overlook the performance of the team.

"I don't apologise for winning. I think that's why people employed me in the first place and why I am here," he said in an interview with team and personal sponsor Infiniti.

"I love racing so, yeah that's what I did."

Vettel, however, said he should not have ignored team orders to stay behind Webber, who had followed the team's strategy to cruise to the finish to preserve their engines for the next race.

"Unfortunately people didn't see that we performed well on the day," Vettel said.

"As a team I think we did a very good job, we got a fantastic result. I think we had a very strong weekend in Australia already but maybe didn't get quite the result we wanted.

"But in Malaysia we were surprised again to be racing at the top and the whole race we worked excellently well with the tyres etcetera.

"I think that's what people forgot. What stuck to the heads is the way the race ended, but I think there is not much to add than what happened. I apologised for putting myself above the team, which I didn't mean to do."

Vettel leads the standings on 40 points after two races heading into Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai.

Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen, who won the Australian Grand Prix, is on 31 points and Webber on 26.

"Obviously we learned quite a bit from the first two races. China will be different again; different circuit, different climate, so I think we are still in the learning process," Vettel said.