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Vettel wins F1 race by defying orders

SEPANG, Malaysia — Sebastian Vettel ignored team orders and passed Red Bull teammate Mark Webber late to win Formula One's Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday. Vettel apologized but said he didn't realize he was told to hold back.

"Mark should have won," said Vettel, who leads the points standings by nine over Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen. "I messed up … and can see now he is upset. Apologies to Mark. All I can say is that I didn't do it deliberately."

Webber refused to acknowledge his teammate and said he was told by the team to keep a slower pace to save the tires.

"Seb made his own decisions, and he will have protection as usual. That's the way it goes," Webber said. "It's still very raw at the moment."

The battle for first contrasted sharply with the one for third. Mercedes' Nico Rosberg was told repeatedly not to pass teammate Lewis Hamilton — and obeyed.

"I don't feel spectacular sitting (on the podium)," Hamilton said. "Nico deserved to be where I am right now."

Vettel wins F1 race by defying orders 03/24/13 [Last modified: Sunday, March 24, 2013 8:42pm]
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