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GP Week : Issue 147
What do a cucumber and a cry-baby have in common? They both want to move on, but the media won’t let them. In a week with no racing – and none to come for another fortnight – it’s hardly surprising that some of the less salubrious sections of the online media have stirred up a storm in a tea-cup with a view to generating hits. That storm? The Malaysian Grand Prix post-race spat between Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel and HRT’s Narain Karthikeyan. Unfortunately for those websites in search of hits, both drivers are keen to get over the on-track incident and move on with their lives in a matter befitting grown-ups. “I am amazed by the reaction in the media, but I think everyone has to calm down now,” Karthikeyan told Autosport. “I think we have to deal with it in a mature way and forget about it. "At the end of the day, you don't want to get in the way of other drivers – and when you are driving a slow car and being a backmarker you cannot afford to do these things. But these were exceptional circumstances and no one could do anything to avoid what happened. Jenson collided with me, came out after wards and said that he had locked up and it was a racing incident. Nobody does these things on purpose. “I have a lot of respect for Seb's driving abilities and that is it. I want to put this all behind me now, and just focus on me,” the HRT driver concluded. Vettel wisely elected not to speak out after the spat, instead leaving his comments up to Red Bull team principal Christian Horner. “[Vettel] got a microphone shoved in front of him just after he's effectively lost a fourth-place position and of course he was annoyed, he vented his frustration,” Horner told Sky Sports F1. “But it's one of those things. I think that any driver in that situation would be totally annoyed with the situation. ... I don't think anybody could blame Sebastian for being a bit frustrated in that situation.” KARTHIKEYAN AND VETTEL KEEN TO END WAR OF WORDS 5 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> NEWS