BBC chief F1 writer Andrew Benson write about Sebastian Vettel’s actions throughout and following the Malaysian GP has been causing a bit of a commotion in Germany over the past few days.
The collision happened on lap 46, with 10 laps to go, as Vettel tried to catching Lewis Hamilton for the final podium place. World champion passed Karthikeyan on the back straight at the Sepang track but the two collided as the Indian moved back towards the racing line.
After the Malaysian GP, Vettel says “Like on normal roads, you have some idiots driving around. It seems there is also one driving here,” Vettel told BBC sport. Speaking in German, the word he chose was “cucumber” – a common insult in that country for bad drivers on the road.
Karthikeyan said some leading drivers try to “bully” back markers.
One leading F1 figure told Andrew Benson “It was completely Vettel’s fault – he needed to give Karthikeyan more space. He only had to clear the last inch and he cut across the front of him. He was showing a bit of frustration and it bit him.”
Yesterday Karthikeyan hits back at Vettel’s quotes – “I think he’s highly frustrated because he’s having a tough season,” Karthikeyan told the Deccan Chronicle. “
“It’s completely unprofessional to blame me for the incident. The derogatory remark only goes to show him in bad light. Just because he has a good car, he can’t call others an idiot. I have won races in all the previous single-seater championships I have participated in so I don’t need a certificate from Vettel.”
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