Karthikeyan denies apologising to Vettel 14 April, 2012 Narain Karthikeyan in China Apr.14 (GMM) 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. Related NewsQing Hua to race HRT in 2013 Chinese GPHRT: Another important step forward for the teamShanghai Day 2: HRT reportShanghai Day 1: HRT reportShanghai Day 1: HRT reportHRT presents driver Ma Qing Hua in ShanghaiHRT preview Chinese Grand PrixTech Talk: Mercedes new front wing and other trick bits spotted in ShanghaiLost in translation cause of China chequered flag debacleHakkinen slams Vettel for ignoring team orders Firoze Why should he apologise? It was a racing incident like he said. Did Vettel expect “Here comes the World Champion I must move out of the way”. No way. Vettel should have known better with all his experience On the contrary Button apologised to Karthikeyan.