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Karthikeyan: Both of us have to get on with our job

Narain Karthikeyan says that the incident with Sebastian Vettel in Malaysia the matter to be closed and he now focusing next race at China. The he still insist it was a racing incident.

The incident happened on lap 46, with 10 laps to go, as Vettel tried to chasing Lewis Hamilton for the final podium place. Defending 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.

While the Karthikeyan later hit back and accused the world champion of being a ‘cry baby’ over his comments.

“I am amazed by the reaction in the media, but I think everyone has to calm down now,” Karthikeyan told Autosport. “I think we have to deal with it in a mature way and forget about it.”

“At the end of the day, you don’t want to get in the way of other drivers – and when you are driving a slow car and being a back-marker you cannot afford to do these things.

“But these were exceptional circumstances and no one could do anything to avoid what happened. Jenson [Button] collided with me, came out afterwards and said that he had locked up and it was a racing incident. Nobody does these things on purpose.

“I have a lot of respect for Seb’s driving abilities and that is it. I want to put this all behind me now, and just focus on me.”

HRT driver said he had no plans to go and seek out Vettel at the next race in China, and thinks it would be improved if the pair just simply got on with their own jobs.

“What’s the point?” he said when asked if would speak to Vettel. “He has done his bit, and I have done my bit. We just have to respect each. He will be running at the front, and we are not going to run at the front. Both of us have to get on with our job.”

“There are five other world champions on the grid who have been through a lot, and been through bad times, but none of them reacted like that,” he said. “In my opinion it was a racing incident.”


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