March 25, 2013
Infiniti Red Bull Go 1-2 in Malaysian Grand Prix
March 25 – Sepang, Malaysia – Infiniti Red Bull secured a first race victory of 2013 at the Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang on Sunday, with the reigning world champion beating teammate Mark Webber to the checkered flag.
While the team took the maximum 43 points, both drivers were muted following the race after Vettel controversially overtook Webber with 12 laps to go, defying team orders.
“I put myself above a team decision, which was wrong. I didn’t mean to and I apologize,” said Vettel.
“I’m not happy I’ve won, I made a mistake and if I could undo it I would. It’s not easy right now and I owe apologies to Mark and the team.”
Webber was dissatisfied with the manner of his second place.
“I tried to isolate what happened at the end and we got something out of it today, but of course I’m not satisfied with the result,” he said. “This puts heat on a few people and unfortunately there’s no rewind button.”
The result, with the Infiniti Red Bulls, beating Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg into 3rd and 4th places, respectively, puts Vettel top of the Drivers’ World Championship after two Grands Prix.
Kimi Räikkönen, who won in Australia in the Lotus, could only finish 7th, while championship rival Fernando Alonso retired early in the race.
Despite the driver issues, Infiniti Red Bull head to the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai in April leading the Constructors’ World Championship with 66 points.