'Honest' Vettel no 'smiling boy' after losing

Apr.5 (GMM) Sebastian Vettel remains unapologetic after insulting his rival Narain Karthikeyan.

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing
Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing

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The reigning world champion twice showed Indian Karthikeyan the middle finger in Malaysia recently, also describing the HRT driver as an "idiot" and "gherkin" following their on-track clash.

Karthikeyan hit back by calling the 24-year-old German "unprofessional" and a "crybaby", amid suggestions Vettel did not display sporting values befitting a double world champion.

Indeed, when asked by Germany's Sport Bild if he is a 'bad loser', Vettel replied: "It's true, I can only lose badly.

"Why should I lie? If I could lose well, I would not be in Formula One. I was disappointed."

But the Red Bull driver also insists his outbursts should be taken in the context of the moment.

"So soon after the race, I feel like I should be honest rather than playing the 'smiling boy'.

"Sometimes it takes ten minutes after finishing a race to return to normal, sometimes you need a night's sleep to check things off and look ahead positively.

"When I put Jenson Button out of the race at Spa in 2010, I apologised to him the next day."

So, Vettel is much more positive now.

"From a pure sporting perspective, I have more points now than I had at this point in 2010 when I won the championship. So I'm only looking forward," he insisted.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jenson Button , Narain Karthikeyan , Sebastian Vettel
Teams Red Bull Racing
Tags hrt, karthikeyan, malaysian gp, red bull, renault, vettel