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Narain Karthikeyan

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comment by Wut (U14647997)

posted Jan 6, 2011

Not bad choice but Monteiro was better

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posted Jan 6, 2011

Chandhok was much better

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posted Jan 6, 2011

If Schumacher looked a bit rusty in 2010, then sadly will Narain. Chandhok was much better I agree with you...

Next HRT will announce Tarso Marques or wait Pedro Diniz, so they can all-most announce drivers but no news about what they're doing about what car they will be replacing next year. If they contiune with the old 2010 car if I was Karthikeyan I'd ask for my money back, I like the team but I do feel that they are turning a wheel backwards.

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posted Jan 6, 2011

Blimey if they treat him like all the other drivers he's probably going to wish he hadn't signed for them. It's more like musical chairs than a racing team <doh>

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posted Jan 6, 2011

Feel really sorry for Chandhok, his performances got HRT 11th place in the championship and his reward is for another of his countrymen (who's already failed in F1 once) to presumably take his seat.

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posted Jan 6, 2011

Now there's a name I thought would never return to F1. But I agree with the above comment. Chandhok was much better. His efforts in the Hispania went unnoticed last year and I found him admirable. Obvious he doesn't have the money and Narain does.

So what next? Fingers crossed for a Tarso Marques return!

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posted Jan 6, 2011

Hang the chances are he'll be out of the sat by the third race then prehaps Chandok could take his place?

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posted Jan 6, 2011

Knowing how farcicle HRT are...they will probably wheel Narain out for the Indian GP and then wheel him back in straight after.

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posted Jan 6, 2011

N.K is a legend! He came fourth in the 2005 USA GP in the second slowest car! <biggrin>

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posted Jan 6, 2011

comment by Koeberle9497SV (U14615911)
posted 7 Minutes Ago

N.K is a legend! He came fourth in the 2005 USA GP in the second slowest car!

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posted Jan 6, 2011

@Koeberle9497SV

Hahaha <biggrin>

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posted Jan 6, 2011

Koeberle
ha ha

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posted Jan 6, 2011

comment by Koeberle9497SV (U14615911)
posted 7 Minutes Ago

N.K is a legend! He came fourth in the 2005 USA GP in the second slowest car!
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<laugh><rofl>

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comment by Wut (U14647997)

posted Jan 6, 2011

But Monteiro came third in the same team

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posted Jan 6, 2011

Congratulations to Narain Karthikeyan for his achievement in 2005 US Grand Prix, in a six car race, two Ferraris, Two Jordans which were the second slowest team and two Minardi's which were absolutely the slowest team.

Narain Karthikeyan had a fourth place finish, Yippi!!

Narain Karthikeyan will struggle to be ahead of any other driver, his new team HRT are unlikely to be ahead of any other team, unless there are crashes or mechanical failures.

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posted Jan 6, 2011

Narain who?
<laugh>

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posted Jan 6, 2011

Brilliant wet weather driver, some of his F3 races became legendary.

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posted Jan 6, 2011

We should have a return for Gaston Mazzacane or Enrique Bernoldi.
<laugh>

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comment by stepw (U14539569)

posted Jan 6, 2011

I have never heard of him.

Czar lets hope for many wet races!

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posted Jan 6, 2011

stepw (U14539569)

Well admittedly he's not the most high profile driver, but he won the Spa F3 race ... But I suspect his seat has more to do with the Indian GP ;)

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posted Jan 6, 2011

@paulsf1fix: Pedro Diniz, nice one!!

Many's the time as a student we shouted "Pedro, Pedro!" at the screen watching him drive round at the back....if HRT signed him that could be guaranteed again...maybe they should paint the car a horrible mustard yellow too and go the whole hog! ;)

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comment by stepw (U14539569)

posted Jan 6, 2011

Czar i think you are probably right.<ok>

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posted Jan 6, 2011

Narain's bringing TATA sponsorship with him.

Rumour has Liuzzi as his team mate.

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posted Jan 6, 2011

Heidfeld should be his team mate

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posted Jan 6, 2011

I feel sorry for bruno senna in this. I don't feel that he's been given a proper chance at all.

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posted Jan 6, 2011

I also feel sorry for bruno senna in this as he did as much as he good in car that wasn't developed are was only racing his ever changing team mate as it was either Chandhok, klien or yamamoto (basically who ever had most sponsorship) not to bother about Chandhok as he was great commentar and gains loads of fans.

but anyway back on topic what a surprise that a indian driver in Narain Karthikeyan is driving for a cash strapped team in the same season taht the opening indian gp is taking place

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posted Jan 7, 2011

If it's about the Indian GP than what's wrong with Chandhok??? He showed better race pace than Senna in the first half of the season before he was dropped for Yamamoto....

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posted Jan 7, 2011

Chandhok was generally not better than senna. Senna often outqualified Di Grassi and his team-mate(whoever it was) despite having a car that was heavier I think(not too sure about that so I'll have to check that).

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posted Jan 7, 2011

Poor old Bruno Senna. And to think he so very nearly ended up as Buttons team mate at Brawn in 09! Karthikeyan I did not see coming!

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posted Jan 7, 2011

Amazed to see Narain back, wish him luck, but just how much has it cost Tata I wonder, and will it really be worth it for the 'Fastest Indian in the World'?

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comment by Hose_C (U14743942)

posted Jan 7, 2011

Sennas car was the same from bahrain all through the season. The sister car got an upgraded chassis that was much lighter.

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posted Jan 7, 2011

just seen on eurosport website and there breaking news banner (while looking for dakar news) says that Bruno Senna has been dumped by HRT for 2011

"Brazilian Bruno Senna's Formula One career appeared to have stalled on Friday when the HRT team ruled him out of the running for their second race seat this season"

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posted Jan 7, 2011

While getting ready to watch the darts on the red button yesterday I saw '....has signed for the HRT F1 team for 2011', and wondered who it would be. I assumed Hulkenberg as he's the only out of contract 2010 driver I expect to see signed, but hoped it wasn't the case.

I never imagined it to be Karthikeyan! He was poor in a poor Jordan, and then became a part time tester for Williams, though they used him sparingly. Once more, HRT show that you need lots of money to drive one of their tailend cars...

If there's any justice, Chandhok will be commentating on the BBC about how bad the HRT cars are! : D

On another note, nice to see the names of some tailend drivers of yesteryear appearing...I'd forgotten all about Gaston Mazzacane and his large overbite.

As for Pedro Diniz, you may laugh at some of his performances, but he did okay at Arrows and Sauber. More importantly, his father owns the Brazilian equivalent of the major three UK supermarkets combined, all of which will one day belong to Pedro. I'm sure he's not worried about racing cars knowing that's coming his way...

Cheers, everybody,
SmashTV

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comment by 20V (U7253869)

posted Jan 7, 2011

Karthikeyan never actually drove at Le Mans did he? I seem to remember his dislocating his shoulder when trying to jump the pit wall after qualifying?

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comment by OldBoy (U1666976)

posted Jan 7, 2011

Karthikeyan has established l;inks with Kolles, both from his time at Midland and in some of his racing since, so this is not too shocking.

He had the misfortune to arrive at Jordan when that team was at its lowest, and through its sale to Midland. He was a reasonable driver who got more from a dreadful car than it really warranted. I always hoped he would have a better chance to show us how good he really was - and I rather suspect that I will still be wishing that at the end of next year as I have doubts about HRT making the grid, let alone finishing the season.

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posted Jan 7, 2011

@20V .. no he didnt drive in the actual Lemans 24 hrs race, even though he was willing to drive with an injured shoulder the doctors prohibited him from doing so. He drove in the practice and quali sessions on the 24hrs and in most of the other races of the lemans season.

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posted Jan 7, 2011

Oh great .. another pay to play driver.

This is so cynical by Hispania and typical of the lower and middle order teams in F1

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posted Jan 8, 2011

Have to say one thing for Narain, he really has kept himself busy since Jordan, A1GP, Williams test driver, Le Mans (Kolles), World Truck series, Superleague.

Meanwhile Chandhok's father has been elected (again after a gap) to presidency of the FMSCI. What's the link? One was the first Indian F1 driver and the other brought F1 to India; both very important figures in Indian motorsport.

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posted Jan 8, 2011

sick of seeing second rate drivers get a chance or another go while their is some excellent young talent around

ie Di Resta

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posted Jan 8, 2011

If it keeps Hispania going, then they could have done much worse. He was better than quite a few ex-F1 drivers in A1

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posted Jan 9, 2011

Mallya welcomes Narain back, going on to say:
"We have spoken to Narain over a period of time about returning and it just wasn't the right time for us in this stage of our development,"
http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/88840
Which is a change from him saying Indian drivers aren't good enough.

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