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Vettel is a 'cry baby', says Karthikeyan

The verbal exchange between the drivers started with the small incident at Sepang where the German suffered a punctured after being clipped by the Indian's nose.
Thursday, March 29, 2012

NEW DELHI, March 29, 2012 (AFP) - Indian driver Narain Karthikeyan has described double world champion Sebastian Vettel as a "cry baby" following
their collision during last Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix.

Red Bull's Vettel finished a lowly 11th in a chaotic rain-disrupted race at Sepang and called Karthikeyan an "idiot" after the collision with the HRT driver that cost Vettel a place in the points.

Karthikeyan, India's first Formula One driver, said it was a "shameful" response from a world champion who is not known for being particularly
outspoken.

"It is really unprofessional," the Indian told the Hindustan Times.

"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."

Vettel is sixth in the overall driver standings after the first two rounds of the new season, suggesting his -- and Red Bull's -- dominance is over.

Karthikeyan did not blame Vettel for the collision, calling it a racing incident in which neither driver was at fault.

Formula One has been followed closely in India since 2005, when Karthikeyan raced for the now-defunct Jordan team.

He returned to the circuit in 2011 following a deal with the Spanish Hispania racing team, now known as HRT.

Narain Karthikeyan during the Malaysian GP weekend.

Narain Karthikeyan during the Malaysian GP weekend.

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