ceremony at Malaysia in 2013, Vettel admitted to Webber that he’d made a mistake in overtaking him and wanted to give the win back. He told Webber he’d call him in Australia, where Webber was headed after the race. The phone call never came. They next spoke on the Thursday before the Chinese Grand Prix, in a conversation Webber describes as ‘the most disappointing moment of our entire relationship’.
Vettel said he was annoyed with what Webber had said on the podium in Malaysia, and while he respected him as a driver, he no longer respected him as a person. To which Webber replied: ‘Then our relationship is in trouble. That’s it.’
Later, when Ann Neal quizzed Christian Horner as to why the team had never punished or even reprimanded Vettel over the ‘Multi 21’ incident, he said that the team had received a letter from Vettel’s lawyer two days after the race stating that they were in breach of Vettel’s contract by giving him ‘an unreasonable instruction/team order’.