Vettel brands Karthikayan an 'idiot' after Malaysia GP
Indian driver collided with Vettel and Jenson Button, and both finished outside the points
FERNANDO ALONSO took the plaudits after winning a rain-affected Malaysian Grand Prix, but it was back-marker Narain Karthikeyan, who drives for the HRT team, who found himself centre of attention after he put paid to the chances of last year's champion and runner up, Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button.
Vettel was clearly furious having finished out of the points in 11th place, after he picked up a puncture in a collision with Karthikeyen while he was lapping him on the 46th lap.
He appeared to brand the Indian driver an "idiot" after the race, when he commented: "Like on normal roads, you have some idiots driving around. It seems there is also one driving here."
Karthikeyan had got off the racing line to allow Vettel to pass, but as the German overtook him he jinked back onto the line and the two cars touched.
But the HRT man insisted that he was not in the wrong, and said that he was annoyed at being forced to drive through race debris by the leading cars.
"Some of these guys when you get lapped, they just try and bully you so much, it's not fair," he said. "I won't mention names but sometimes they overtake you and they want you to go off the road."
Fortunately for Karthikeyan his other victim, Jenson Button, with whom he collided earlier in the race, was less annoyed.
They were racing for 15th place when Button tried to squeeze past the Indian and lost his front wing. Afterwards Button acknowledged it was his fault and apologised to his team.
"I can't do anything but laugh really because it was such a horrendous race," said the McLaren driver who came in 14th. "I didn't do a very good job and everything that could have gone wrong did. Just one of those afternoons."
Lewis Hamilton again finished third, but is now second in the standings behind Alonso. Button is third but Vettel is in sixth place after two races.