Apr.4 (GMM) World champion Sebastian Vettel was unapologetic this week, having shown his Indian rival Narain Karthikeyan the middle finger recently in Malaysia.
The German also called the HRT-driving backmarker a "gherkin" and "idiot" in the aftermath of their Sepang clash that cost Vettel fourth place.
"I lost a solid fourth place so that's obviously disappointing," the 24-year-old is quoted by German media, including Sport Bild, after being asked this week about his loss of temper at Karthikeyan.
It was suggested Vettel might have breached the FIA's code of conduct, but it is believed the governing body has decided the stewards properly investigated the incident in Malaysia.
And Vettel is unapologetic.
"Sometimes you let some emotion show and I don't think someone should be ashamed about that," he said. "It's part of the sport."
Vettel, having utterly dominated a year ago, is now just sixth in the drivers' points standings after two races.
"Of course I would have preferred a slightly better start (to 2011)," he admitted, "but it's a long season.
"We have a very good car and I still have a good chance -- it is still the goal to fight for the title," he said in Paris, where he accepted the 'Grands Prix de l'Academie des Sports 2011' award.
"Only a few hours ago I was in the simulator, preparing for China and Bahrain. We should hopefully have a few good improvements, but we need to prove that at the tracks," said Vettel.