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Narain Karthikeyan branded defending World Champion Sebastian Vettel a “cry baby” yesterday after the pair became embroiled in a war of words following their collision during the Malaysian Grand Prix. However, in an effort to sweep the discussion under the table, the Indian driver has said it is time to calm down and move on.
He added his amazement at the reaction in the media, but it’s not every day a backmarker hits back at a front-running driver.
Vettel initially spoke out post-race, clearly frustrated at the incident that saw Karthikeyan get a penalty. The German said: “Like on normal roads, you have some idiots driving around. It seems there is also one driving here.”
Speaking through the press, Narain responded: “For a world champion to say things like that is really shameful. One does not expect a professional sportsman to be such a cry baby.”
Despite the tense atmosphere, Narain wants to move on, finally saying: “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.”
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