Karthikeyan: Vettel a cry-baby

2012-03-30 08:36

India's Narain Karthikeyan has told Sebastian Vettel not to act like a "cry-baby" after the F1 champion started things by calling him "a cucumber" for causing a collision at the 2012 Malaysian F1 GP on March 25.

Vettel, chasing a 2012 title hat trick for Red Bull, was 11th and out of the points at Sepang after tangling on track with HRT's Karthikeyan.

The 24-year-old German, now sixth overall and 17 points off the lead, directed his anger at Karthikeyan after the incident; Red Bull team boss Christian Horner accused the Indian of "brain fade".


"For a World champion to say things like that is really shameful," Karthikeyan told India's Hindustan Times newspaper. "It is really unprofessional. For a driver who has achieved so much to take out his frustrations on me just because he is having a difficult year is really sad.

"One does not expect a professional sportsman to be such a cry-baby."

Stewards decided Karthikeyan caused the collision and handed him a drive-through penalty after the race which meant 20 seconds added to his race time. The Indian, however, said his version of events had been ignored.

"They didn't care about what I had to say because Mr Vettel told them God knows what when he went and talked to them," he told the paper.


  • brendonhowardblake - 2012-03-30 10:34

    Narain Karthikeyan Finished 22nd in the race 2 laps down,which classifies him as a mobile chicane.

      PC - 2012-03-30 10:48

      That may be the case, but Vettel is still a crybaby.

      Fredster - 2012-03-30 12:43


  • Dirk - 2012-03-30 11:42

    Agree ... Karthikeyan is a cucumber with salad dressing.

  • LeRoux - 2012-04-02 08:40

    Being a good driver means anticipating and avoiding accidents as well. If you drive close to a rookie, expect him to screw up. It's some thing I thought World Champions are supposed to know!!! Vettel, please don't become another Alonso that cries when things don't go his way. Do your talking on the track and let the race results speak for themselves...

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