Vettel blames Karthikeyan for loss of victory
18 November 2012 – Both Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner both pointed towards Narain Karthikeyan for failing to win in Austin. The Indian’s HRT was the last car the Red Bull lapped before he was caught and passed in the DRS zone by Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren, which duly went on to win.
“I seemed to have everything under control, but traffic is quite a problem here and it really didn’t work in my favour,” Vettel explained after finishing second, thus increasing his championship lead to 13 points over Fernando Alonso with one race to go. “I basically sent an invitation to pass to Lewis, having gone past Karthikeyan.”
Shortly after the overtake, Vettel was heard to be extremely irritated over a team radio communication which was broadcast to television viewers over FOM’s world feed.
“Lewis was close enough to the rear wing and it didn’t matter which side I picked (to defend),” Vettel continued, with Hamilton having darted right and missed the Red Bull by centimetres. “I was a shame to lose the lead but we did do everything we could.”
Should Vettel pick up a third straight crown in Brazil next weekend, he will become the ninth man to win three F1 world title since the championship was inaugurated in 1950.