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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel (R) and team mate Mark Webber stand on the winners podium after the Malaysian Grand Prix

Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel (R) and team mate Mark Webber stand on the winners podium after the Malaysian Grand Prix

Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel (R) and team mate Mark Webber stand on the winners podium after the Malaysian Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel has widened the fractious divide between himself and Mark Webber by publicly belittling his Red Bull team-mate.

Vettel insists there is "no war" between himself and the Australian in the wake of the team orders fiasco that overshadowed Red Bull's one-two finish in the Malaysian Grand Prix just over a fortnight ago, but his words ahead of this weekend's race in China make clear there is a deep vein of mistrust that severely undermines the team.

In stating that Webber did not deserve to win and that, given the same set of circumstances, he would "probably" do the same again in future, shows Red Bull are a team in name only, and they possess two drivers at opposite ends of the sporting spectrum.

As far as Vettel is concerned, it was his right to take the chequered flag for the 27th time in his Formula One career. "I was faster in the end. That is why I was able to overtake, and overtaking in F1 is not easy, let's not forget that," said Vettel.

"Obviously, I realised at that moment there was quite a conflict. On the one hand, I am the kind of guy who respects team decisions and, on the other, probably Mark is not the one who deserved it (to win) at the time.

"The bottom line is I was racing, I was faster, I passed him, I won."

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Irish Independent