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THE race was en­gulfed in con­tro­versy when Se­bastien Vet­tel dis­obeyed team or­ders to pass Red Bull Rac­ing team­mate Mark Web­ber for vic­tory.

In the clos­ing stages of the race, Web­ber was seen show­ing Vet­tel a rude sign af­ter a pass on the main straight. A sim­i­lar con­tro­versy also oc­curred with Mercedes when the faster Nico Ros­berg was told not to pass Lewis Hamil­ton, who even­tu­ally fin­ished third.

SIC recorded the high­est num­ber of at­ten­dance in 15 years with 123,400 spec­ta­tors con­verg­ing on the cir­cuit. In a way, Vet­tel was back too.

The four-time world champion failed to regis­ter a sin­gle vic­tory in a dif­fi­cult fi­nal sea­son with Red Bull in 2014.

Yet here he was, in just his se­cond race for the fa­mous Ital­ian out­fit, con­fi­dently see­ing off the chal­lenge of the all-con­quer­ing Mercedes team with a su­perb strat­egy call.

Lewis Hamil­ton re­tained his world ti­tle and his team Mercedes won the con­struc­tors’ cham­pi­onship for the se­cond year run­ning.

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