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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’.

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