Narain Karthikeyan has firmly denied world champion Sebastian Vettel’s claim he apologised for their recent clash in Malaysia.
After being shown the middle finger by Germany’s top driver, and called a “cucumber” and “idiot”, Indian backmarker Karthikeyan sat down for a lengthy interview with the major daily Bild-Zeitung.
“What?” Karthikeyan gasped when told Vettel had told reporters he had been apologised to. “We happened to meet here outside of the paddock and we talked about it. But it was a normal racing incident, so why should I apologise?”
Karthikeyan was also asked about Vettel’s insults, and the television footage that depicted the Red Bull driver showing him the middle finger — twice.
“As a driver you always need to have respect. I saw it (the middle finger) later on TV. But I’m used to it in India. It’s not nice but we all have emotions. “Cucumber? I don’t know that as an insult.
“It’s all ok now and I hope it will be for the rest of the season. There is no bad blood,” he insisted.