Horner defends Vettel’s Malaysia remarks
2 April 2012 – Christian Horner has moved to dispel those claiming Sebastian Vettel should receive a sanction for his actions against Narain Karthikeyan in the Malaysian Grand Prix. After making contact while lapping the HRT driver, Vettel suffered a puncture and subsequently labelled his rival ‘cucumber’ and ‘idiot’.
There have been mixed opinions over the clash, with many onlookers claiming the moment was Vettel’s fault, although FIA race stewards at Sepang handed Karthikeyan with a post-race time penalty of 20 seconds. As well as his vocal criticism of the Indian, Vettel also directed a finger signal towards the lapped driver.
“These guys get a microphone shoved in front of him just after he's effectively lost a fourth place position and of course he was annoyed, he vented his frustration,” Red Bull Team Principal Horner told Sky Sports. “But it's one of those things. I think that any driver in that situation would be totally annoyed with the situation.”
Karthikeyan strongly denied any responsibility but has said been quoted as saying that both men should put the issue behind them. Regardless, the moment left Vettel pointless in Malaysia and he heads to China only sixth in the Drivers’ Championship.