Vettel won’t apologize for winning

As Red Bull gears up for their assault on the Chinese Grand Prix, the controversy from Malaysia is still bubbling at the surface of the Formula One community. Having passed his teammate in Malaysia for a victory when the team asked both driver to hold position, Sebastian Vettel apologized to the team and to his teammate, Mark Webber. But that’s as far as the apologies will go:

“Obviously what stuck to their [people’s] heads is the way the race ended, but I think as I said there’s not much more to add than what happened,” Vettel said.

“I told the team straight after, I apologised for putting myself above the team, which I didn’t mean to do, but there’s not much more to say really.

“I don’t apologise for winning – I think that’s why people employed me in the first place and why I’m here. I love racing and that’s what I did.”

Vettel won’t be apologizing for winning. He’s paid to win and that’s what motivates him. In the end, his desire to win placed him above the team and that’s really at the heart of the apology. He knows he’s a part of the team and has apologized for putting himself ahead of the team’s goals but then this opens a whole discussion regarding the harsh reality that drivers come and go but the team remains… can one blame a driver for trying to win at all costs?  In Vettel’s case, many are but what about other drivers who have offered similar actions?

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