Sebastian Vettel has apologized to the entire Red Bull team, according to team principal Christian Horner.
After overtaking teammate Mark Webber against team orders during the Malaysian Grand Prix, Vettel has been criticized by many members of the paddock for making the move. During the race, Horner said that the move was “silly”, but the result stood as Vettel led Webber home for a Red Bull 1-2.
“He’s said he can’t turn back the clock but he’s accepted what he did was wrong,” Horner is quoted as saying by Reuters.
“He’s apologized to the team and to every single member of staff for his actions, because he recognizes the team is vitally important and being part of the team is a crucial aspect to being able to challenge for those championships.”
Despite apologizing, Vettel’s critics are still adamant that the Red Bull driver was well aware of what he was doing, even if the triple-champion claims that the move was not deliberate.
Mark Webber’s future with the team and in the sport has also been questioned, but Horner insists that he has no worries about the Australian driver seeing out the season with Red Bull.
“He’s big enough to know that there was no malice, no intent from the team to create any situation like that. I’ve got no doubt that Mark will see out the season with us,” Horner told Sky Sports.
The fall-out from Malaysia will take a while to die down, but in a recent interview, Sebastian Vettel stated that some of his most memorable overtakes happened “quite recently.” If the move was indeed intentional, Vettel’s reputation could be damaged heavily as he looks to claim a fourth consecutive championship in 2013.