Sebastian Vettel has apologized to the entire Red Bull team for his actions in the Malaysian Grand Prix. According to Sky Sports F1, Christian Horner has revealed that Vettel understands he did the wrong thing in Malaysia by passing his teammate when he was given orders to hold position:
“He’s said he can’t turn back the clock but he’s accepted what he did was wrong.
“He’s apologised to the team and to every single member of staff for his actions, because he recognises the team is vitally important and being part of the team is a crucial aspect to being able to challenge for those championships.”
Vettel apologized to his teammate, Mark Webber, as well and Webber’s father too. At this point, I am expecting a call any minute from the German champion to apologize to me personally as well. He’s apologized to practically everyone, do you feel better now?
As for rumors that Webber could leave the team over the issue, Horner says he doesn’t think that’s the case. Understandably Webber thought that perhaps the team had let Vettel pass while demanding that Mark turn his engine down (Multi 21) when he emerged from the car and stood on the podium but he’s been told that the team did not orchestrate the pass.
“It was the intent of the team that Mark should win that race,” he said. “He’s big enough to know that there was no malice, no intent from the team to create any situation like that.
“He’s in a car that’s capable of winning grands prix and hopefully going for a championship so I’ve got no doubt that Mark will see out the season with us.”
time will tell if this can heal the wounds and bring som harmony back to the team. If you missed our interview with former McLaren mechanic, Marc Priestley, you may want to check that out as he talks about what this can do to a team as he was at McLaren when the Hamilton/Alonso war was raging. You can listen to it here.