Sebastian Vettel says he has nothing to be ashamed of following his spat with Narain Karthikeyan after the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Vettel hit out at the HRT driver after contact between the pair in the closing stages of the race at Sepang left the defending champion outside the points in eleventh place - meaning he failed to score having finished a race for the first time since Spa 2010.

Having referred to Karthikeyan as an 'idiot' in a post-race interview with the BBC, Vettel was then described by the Indian driver as a 'cry baby' - although the HRT man has since said he feels the matter is now behind him.

Vettel however has shown no remorse for his outburt, insisting it was part of the emotion of seeing an opportunity to score points be lost.

"I lost a solid fourth place, so that's obviously disappointing," he told Bild. Sometimes you let some emotion show, and I don't think someone should be ashamed about that."

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