Narain Karthikeyan and Sebastian Vettel were involved in a crash today at Sepang on lap 47. Vettel collided while trying to lap the HRT of Narain Karthkiyean puncturing his right rear tyre. Vettel was forced to pit from P4 and came out down in 12th place. He gained one position when Maldonado retired due to engine failure. At the end of the race, Vettel and Karthikeyan finished in 11th and 22nd place respectively.
Vettel blamed Karthikeyan for the incident indirectly calling him ''Cucumber''. "As in real life, there are a few cucumbers on the road."
He also complained about the problems he had with pit-to-car radio due to collision with the Indian.
"Most crucially we lost radio communication and that makes it very difficult in these conditions to know what's going on. Nonetheless, we did our maximum today and got up to fourth. To then lose the race how I did is very frustrating. Some people need to look more where they are going.'' "Today it was crucial to come in at the right time and having no radio meant we were delayed getting the messages and I didn't hear anything from the team at the end," he said. "There were problems with the car after the incident, but I wanted to see the chequered flag. There were no points for me today. Before the incident with HRT the way the race had unfolded was good for us I think, so it's frustrating to lose the race like that."
While Narain Karthikeyan apologized for the incident with Vettel. He was later given a drive through penalty which dropped him to 22nd place.
"Then there was the incident with Vettel. I was letting everyone through on blue flags because I was being told on the radio. I got on the white line, which was still damp, and I was on slicks obviously so I had a lot of wheelspin. I then had to come back on the track from the kerb, and he was there unfortunately and I could not do anything.''
"Some of these guys when they lap you, they take the Mickey out of you," he said. "They come and try to push you out of the way to get back on the racing line.
"For me, the conditions were bad, the kerbs were wet and unfortunately this guy was there, so I could not help much."
Karthikeyan was also involved in an incident with Button which ruined latter's race, however Button took the blame fir the same