F1 Saturday News Briefs
Frustrated Vettel Flips The Bird
A side of reigning champion Sebastian Vettel we don’t normally see was caught on camera during the Malaysian GP.
Obviously frustrated with his lack of competitiveness after being spoiled with a “cream of the crop” race car for the last two season, he flipped Narain Karthikeyan the bird twice. He had some choice words for the Indian as well after the race. The Bild newspaper quoted the 24 year old German F1 champ as saying; “I think some people get overwhelmed by the situation and don’t see where their car is. You have to wonder whether driving a car is the right job for them…” Vettel Ignores Team Orders?
During the Malaysian GP, it is understood that the RB8 driven by Vettel was experiencing higher than normal brake temperatures and perhaps other issues we are not aware of due to his collision with Karthikeyan.
Team Boss Horner ordered Vettel to pull off and not complete the race, perhaps to swap out the gearbox before China, but Vettel claims he did not hear the order come through.
A faulty radio? An unhappy, frustrated and defiant Vettel?
It will be interesting to see if he suffers any issues in China. Karthikeyan Slapped With Penalty
In keeping with the above theme, as a result of the incident between the Indian driver and Vettel during the GP, Karthikeyan was penalised 20 seconds.
I’m uncertain that this type of penalty really does anything but it is a fine line that the FIA and race stewards have to walk.
One could easily consider it a racing incident as many doubt there was any malice or ill intent behind the whole incident.
Author: Ernie Black
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