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GP Week : Issue 176
29 GPWEEK.com // 29 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: Sebastian Vettel was furious to lose the lead on Sunday, and blamed HRT’s Narain Karthikeyan for allowing Lewis Hamilton to close up and make the move which, ultimately, cost him seven points. Vettel was overheard on the radio screaming to his race engineer after Hamilton passed, not to criticize the McLaren driver’s move but to label backmarker Kathikeyan as “silly”. The HRT had baulked the Red Bull at the hairpin, meaning Vettel wasn’t able to stamp on the throttle as quickly as he would have liked in the race down to Turn 12. “I wasn't too happy to send a nice big invitation to Lewis when I obviously had to go through Karthikeyan and he was basically right behind at the DRS zone. “I tried to defend, I moved to the inside but I knew that he would have so much more speed that he can pick either side, so it didn't really matter what I was doing and after that, I was obviously not too happy, because on all the laps before I tried to manage the gap to him, tried to manage the tyres until the end of the race, to be able to attack towards the last couple of laps. [The message] was not targeted at Lewis, it was more targeted at the backmarker which, as I said, gave a nice big envelope with an invitation to Lewis.” “Karthikeyan has been the bane of our lives this year,” said Red Bull’s technical chief Adrian Newey. “He cost Sebastian points in Malaysia and he did so again here.” But Karthikeyan says such criticisms are unfair: “It's impossible to get out of the way in that part of the track unless we drive off the circuit. Once I was through there, I let him past and he overtook me at the exit of Turn 7 into 8. You cannot go anywhere else and it's impossible to get out of the way before. “You tell me where we can drive off the track? If he complains, it's too bad.” VETTEL AND NEWEY BLAST KARTHIKEYAN F1 >>> UNITED STATES