Sebastian Vettel remains unapologetic after insulting his rival Narain Karthikeyan.
Karthikeyan hit back by calling the 24-year-old German “unprofessional” and a “crybaby”, amid suggestions Vettel did not display sporting values befitting a double world champion.
Indeed, when asked by Germany’s Sport Bild if he is a ‘bad loser’, Vettel replied: “It’s true, I can only lose badly.
“Why should I lie? If I could lose well, I would not be in formula one. I was disappointed.”
But the Red Bull driver also insists his outbursts should be taken in the context of the moment.
“So soon after the race, I feel like I should be honest rather than playing the ‘smiling boy’.
“Sometimes it takes ten minutes after finishing a race to return to normal, sometimes you need a night’s sleep to check things off and look ahead positively.
“When I put Jenson Button out of the race at Spa in 2010, I apologised to him the next day.”
So, Vettel is much more positive now.
“From a pure sporting perspective, I have more points now than I had at this point in 2010 when I won the championship. So I’m only looking forward,” he insisted.