F1 » Karthikeyan: HRT has come a long way, now belongs in F1

Narain Karthikeyan: The team used to work like a GP2 outfit, but a change in the management has showed that they belong to F1.

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July 18, 2012 4:59 PM

I would rather have them there than not, let's put it that way. And as a person, Kartikheyan comes across well, plus he knows his history a lot better than many of his contemporaries, Vettel aside. It's not a big deal, but most current F1 drivers knowledge of the sports past seems to be limited to "Senna was the best."

PF - Unregistered

July 18, 2012 5:31 PM

HRT have survived and by the looks of things are beating Marussia in terms of development - this appeared to be the case in 2010 and 2011 as they seemed to be ahead. The thing I admire about HRT is that they are in their 3rd year of racing and do appear to have strong views for the future - Simtek, Forti and Pacific all closed during or after their 2nd year of racing and HRT are still going. Kudos to them for still being in the 'piranah club'.

rjbetty - Unregistered

July 18, 2012 9:24 PM

Like that last comment. Yeah I have thought about how HRT compare to Simtek, Pacific and Forti. I often think these new teams are not given the credit they deserve. Most people believed they'd have been long gone by now.

I also think Karthikeyan is underrated, and though I believe he is the driver performing at the lowest level in F1 2012 he is still very talented. I remember him in British F3 at the same time as Jenson Button in 1999. He was brilliant and brave at Brands Hatch.

But I did think his comment about not having regrets rejoining HRT was strange. He should surely count himself extremely fortunate THEY chose HIM again.

rjbetty - Unregistered

July 18, 2012 9:25 PM

I also totally agree with Terminator.
I can't imagine Alonso would have scored any points with HRT these last 3 years.

But then he has won in this year's Ferrari, so maybe he could have grabbed a point at Malaysia or Monaco maybe...

eresre - Unregistered

July 18, 2012 10:16 PM

Minardi scored their first point on the 6th round of their 4th season. Let's hope HRT can top that...BTW it was scored by P.Martini in Detroit and his teammates were Adrian Campos and Luis Perez-Sala.


July 18, 2012 10:40 PM

Well yes, it doesn't hurt to put things into perspective. Even Toyota with their massive budget and stability took their time to find regular points, so really I don't think these teams are doing that bad a job. Especially considering all the changes they have gone through in their first two seasons. This goes for both HRT and Marussia.

Having said that though, it's not unthinkable that some of their incentive to live on lies simply in the fact that they are IN F1 - if any new investors should want to get in now they would have to look into buying an existing team as all the slots are filled... This will no doubt increase their potential value.

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