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The 4 incidents that show Sebastian Vettel's controversial record at Malaysian GP

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Sebastian Vettel had a rather eventual race weekend at the Malaysian Grand Prix, that's for sure.

Having started from the back of the grid with engine troubles ruling him out of qualifying, the four-time world champion lapped up the plaudits with an inspired charge to fourth.

It was a case of damage limitation for the German who has watched Lewis Hamilton seize his championship lead and extend the gap to 34 points in recent grand prix.

However, controversy struck after the chequered flag when Vettel collided with the Williams of Lance Stroll in a bizarre incident still being debated by fans.

It saw Vettel hitch a ride back to the pits on a Sauber as opposed to a nearby medical car. The German precariously whizzed along the Sepang circuit at 80kph and drew criticism from Martin Brundle.

As a result, the ex-Red Bull drive has been shrouded in controversy ahead of this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix.

However, it's not the first time Vettel has rustled up debate and incident at the Malaysian GP during his 10-year career in Formula One with the past half decade proving particularly eventful.

Just last year and Vettel was slapped with a three-place grid penalty after the stewards in Malaysia deemed him responsible for a first corner crash with eventual world champion Nico Rosberg. 

The 30-year-old approached Max Verstappen's Red Bull on the inside to try and snatch third place but locked and tagged Rosberg into a spin. Recall the incident below:

Rewind to 2013 and Vettel was causing controversy left, right and centre.

The then Red Bull driver and world champion collided with Fernando Alonso along the straight on just the second lap, robbing the Spaniard of his front wing. Unable to steer his Ferrari as a result, Alonso rumbled into the gravel trap.

Check out the incident below:

Vettel eventually claimed victory that day but only after he snubbed team orders to overtake Mark Webber with 13 laps to go.

It prompted Webber to show Vettel the finger at 200mph and the German was forced to apologise for disobeying Chris Horner after the race. Take a look below:

And in 2012, the 30-year-old took out his anger on Narain Karthekeyan when a collision between the two saw Vettel drop from fourth to 11th with a puncture.

The on-board footage of Vettel's reaction is quite something with the Red Bull waving his hands around and erratically steering. He refused to apologise to the Indian driver for branding him an 'idiot' across team radio.

Here it is below:

So it's fair to say Vettel has something of an interesting track record at Malaysia.

Perhaps it's no huge surprise then that the German was involved in an accident last week but, this time, it could cost him the title.

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