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Vettel apologizes after controversial F1 win in Malaysia

March 24, 2013 -- Updated 1848 GMT (0248 HKT)
An unhappy Mark Webber, left, with Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel at the postrace press conference in Malaysia. An unhappy Mark Webber, left, with Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel at the postrace press conference in Malaysia.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Sebastian Vettel wins Malaysia Grand Prix from Red Bull teammate Mark Webber
  • Webber is unhappy after Vettel defies team orders to pass and claim first win of 2013
  • German later apologizes to Webber, having been rebuked by team boss during race
  • Lewis Hamilton takes third after his Mercedes teammate is told not to overtake

(CNN) -- World champion Sebastian Vettel apologized to Red Bull teammate Mark Webber after defying orders to snatch a "risky" victory at the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday and go to the top of the driver standings.

Webber had been poised for the 10th victory of his career and first since July as he led comfortably after the team's final pit stops, and was told to hold back to maintain his car until the finish at the Sepang circuit.

Vettel, however, took the opportunity to edge past the veteran Australian and claim his 27th race win, having started from pole position for the second time in two events this season.

"I want to say sorry to Mark," the German told reporters, having been rebuked by his team boss Christian Horner on the radio as they dueled on the track. "This is silly Seb, come on," Horner warned.

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