F1 » Karthikeyan: I was following orders

Narain Karthikeyan has said that he is growing tired of Sebastian Vettel pointing the finger of blame whenever he loses a race.

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Deano - Unregistered

November 22, 2012 12:50 PM

SV seems to forget that ALL drivers are (or should be, but this is F1) trying for the best finish they can achieve.
Get rid of blue flags and let the faster drivers use their skill to negotiate back-markers - they're paid well enough for their talent after all:-)

TruthTeller - Unregistered

November 22, 2012 1:10 PM

This makes me so angry.. Red Bull and Vettel is picking on Karthikeyan because he is an easy target. Even the 'cucumber' incident wasn't his fault but Vettel blame him for it.
Karthikeyan is an experience driver in his own right. I'm surprised no other drivers or TV pundits defended him. If he's british, things might have turn out differently.

garth - Unregistered

November 22, 2012 1:14 PM

narain. .. you must hit vettel.... next in brazil... he really underestimates you... and. ... there will be a prize from alonso or maybe a sit in ferrari...


November 22, 2012 1:39 PM

truth teller. (????) nk is an easy target as he seems to have a habit of getting in the way of others. his cucumber move was an example of his lack of spatial awareness. and dont forget, rosberg also blamed him for his move, or lack thereof, in india!

you make a rather racist observation, but i wonder what would have been the reaction of posters here, if it was lulu or button that he had held up?

as i pointed out earlier, di resta showed far more awareness of what was happening around him.


November 22, 2012 1:43 PM

i would also point out that earlier in the week, some of these same posters were claiming that the delayed radio message was in respect of lulus pass. now they are finally saying that it was in respect of nk. but oddly (or not) vettel is being criticised for saying anything, apart from saying that he was being held up by a backmarker. i bet any driver in a similar situation would say the same. i have heard lulu certainly making the same comments, and also alonso.

ATX2012 - Unregistered

November 22, 2012 1:46 PM

Vettel's frustration is understandable, as he had done a very good job of holding off Lewis in what appeared to be evenly matched cars... indeed he had been holding him off even with Lewis within 1 second and able to use the DRS. I think it is interesting that we all focus so much on what was said on the radio vs. what was said after the race. We are now able to hear so much of what is being said "privately" between the driver and his pit, I would be very curious what drivers used to communicate or say in the cockpit before the advent of monitored radio communication... I suspect much of it would be unprintable and Vettel would come off looking much better in comparison.

TruthTeller - Unregistered

November 22, 2012 2:03 PM

@ Richard ... You are wrong. The 'cucumber' incident wasn't his fault. Vettel cut across his path too early..
You are also wrong on Rosberg blaming him. Rosberg after hearing NK's explanation of a 'stuck steering' wheel said he could not avoid hitting him. that's all he said....


November 22, 2012 2:19 PM

truthteller. it is pointless to go over past events, but nk was regaining the track and the onus was on him to do so in a safe manner and without affecting a following car. and as regards rosberg incident, scroll back and see the reports. rosberg eventually said that he could not avoid hitting nk, but nk was blamed for not moving off the line when his steeriing went. it didnt lock up, the pas failed. watch the replays, you will see front wheels turning

Kevin - Unregistered

November 22, 2012 2:35 PM

The only success NK has had in F1 is to gain media attention by complaining about being criticized for being slow. In the real world, DRS is what made LH fast enough to close in on SV. SV's frustration was that NK delayed him and required a pass be made prior to the DRS activation marker, which meant he could not use it to regain lost time, while the timing of LH allowed him to use it fully, thus the "open invitation" comment. DRS is fakery, NK is a traffic cone. They both stink. SV has every right to express his frustration, get over it.

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