F1 » Karthikeyan blamed for Vettel's lost lead

Sebastian Vettel was once again left fuming by HRT's Narain Karthikeyan, after the backmarker featured in the decisive overtaking move of the race that cost Vettel victory.

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November 19, 2012 2:03 PM

googol. what defence does he need? he lost 2 secs behind the gherkin, leaving him within drs distance of lulu. he didnt block, and then settled for a secure second. both car/drivers were evenly matched, . now if you asked me to defend mark....well i couldnt . just joking, he was unfortunate even if he was not as quick as seb, and even if he kept ferdi behind, seb still would not have won the wdc.

silent observer - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 3:24 PM

It's not so much the being off the pace or the slowing down itself that matters. It's the core ability and track-awareness of the driver concerned. If you notice, most of the HRT-related clashes seem to happen with Narain. Is it that De La Rosa seems "more aware" of where to do his slowing down on a track, when the race leaders are fast approaching? Does his engineer do a better job of letting him know? Or is Narain just unlucky in terms of where he gets caught?

Or is that too simplistic an analysis?

silent observer - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 3:32 PM

Talking about slowing down at the right place, the speed Nico carried into that corner in Abu, I don't think he was honestly expecting Narain to slow right down at that corner. I guess it's a split-second judgment call. And it still amazes me how close to Narain's face Rosberg's tyres were when he ripped through/over his car!

I assume this backmarker/overtaking/safety topic must be one of those discussed at regular drivers' meetings? Or maybe not...


November 19, 2012 4:27 PM

Why Kartikayan, they may as well blame Hamilton for passing him, the FIA for making the race twenty laps too long or Ferrari for continuing to turn up and race when (apparently) they clearly have no chance of beating Red Bull. Vettel should have drove faster and built a bigger gap, they cant dictate what the other eleven teams are doing.

gweed - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 4:42 PM

I sense alot of jealousy towards a 25 year old who's been majorly succesfull. If you lot would experience half the pressure these guys go through fighting for a championship, you would wet your pants.
There,s major stress involved here, fairly normal that he gets a bit frustrated, after the race he was being a gentlemen about it, so drop it! You will probably scream harder than Vettel when somebody cuts you off in daily traffic!
Just enjoy the excellent racing we've been seeing lately instead of venting your own frustrations!

Ak - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 7:12 PM

Karthikeyan drove his nuts of this HRT!! I was one of the privileged ones to see it live. He was ever so close to De La Rosa ( within 1 sec during the first half of the race) and only missed out on overtaking him because of being lapped.

And remember Karthikeyan has been missing the first practice session since the past 4-5 races, when compared to Pedro

jayjay - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 7:13 PM

Dont play the blind bias card for everthing that the child does, he is good, very very good but he has the best car by far. I am not a Lewis fan allthough I recognise his talent, the mac is not as good as the bull but he caught the boy, the gerkin was circulating the same for eveyone and if it was only the gerkin that allowed Lewis to pass why could the boy not catch and pass Lewis?

We all have our likes and dislikes but lets just recognise reality - Newy rules, if you ain't in a Newy car you have a performance penalty before you start!


November 19, 2012 8:14 PM

jj have a look at the lap charts. after lulu passed seb, they had identical laptimes except for one lap where lulu was faster, and one lap where seb was faster. the cars were pretty equal and seb probably did not want to risk an attack that could hae maybe caused a loss of points. also remember , he was trying to protect a suspect alternator.

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