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I’m sure Formula 1 fans still have the Malaysian GP fresh in their minds, not so much for the actual racing, but the explosive battle of the Red Bull teammates that started when Seb Vettel ignored team orders to pass race leader Mark Webber. The triple world champ (recently announced as Infiniti Director of Performance) later apologised, but here’s proof that he never really meant it.

The F1 circus is in Shanghai now for the Chinese GP, and Vettel told reporters yesterday that he would probably disregard team orders and pass Mark Webber again if the Sepang situation was repeated, as he does not believe the Australian deserved victory. He added that Webber had not assisted him in the past and was not entitled to the Sepang win.

When asked by hacks if he would do the same again, Vettel replied: “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.”

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Vettel explained that he had misunderstood the team’s message. However, he admitted that even if he had got it loud and clear, he would have done the same. “Had I understood the message and had I thought about it, reflected on it, thought what the team wanted to do, to leave 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. There is quite a conflict, because on the one hand I am the kind of guy who respects team decisions and the other hand, probably Mark is not the one who deserved it at the time,” Seb added.

It’s now clear that Vettel has no remorse for his actions, so we can look forward to more Vettel-Webber drama this season, which of course, has just started. Thoughts?