F1 » Karthikeyan eager to retain HRT role

Narain Karthikeyan seeks to stay with HRT for the 2013 F1 campaign

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September 19, 2012 10:21 PM

David, Fair point, but I don't think just putting any old driver into any old car in F1 to promote a country is a very good idea. We seen plenty of poor Japanese drivers being pushed into F1 by Japanese car manufacturers in years gone by, what's the point? I don't think hundreds of millions of Indians will tune in every race to watch Narain finish 23 or 24th. India has plenty of wealth, plenty of resources I would say they need to find a real talent then finance their way into at least a midfield team (as per Venezuela and Maldonado) An Indian fighting for podiums would add 2 or 3 hundred million viewers to every race and that would be good.

Angelina - Unregistered

September 20, 2012 2:20 AM

Bernie should be more concerned about adding an American driver on the F1 grid than putting this joke in an F1 car.
2 races but no team and no driver. We are a bigger country, better economy, better resources, sponsors, have a racing tradition, more fans and more talented drivers than these jokers.


September 20, 2012 7:37 AM

@ F1

He only really had one stand out race at Jordan, the USA round in 2005, where he got a 4th, and his team mate, Tiago Monteiro, was 3rd. This, in a race where only SIX of the entered TWENTY cars competed (The cars on Bridgestones) due to safety concerns as the Michellins suffered numerous tyre failures.

If anything, Malya and Sahara Force India are better marketing for India that Narain, even without an Indian driver.


September 20, 2012 7:43 AM

@ Angelina

YET, no interest in Formula 1... Why can America not come up with an F1 team, I mean, as you said, bigger economy, centre of the universe and all that...

Honestly, I would love to see that! And american designed car, American Engine, American drivers... At least one. They certainly have the budget and it could be interesting to see what you guys come up with! As we've seen, Indy and Nascar are by no means a walk in the park, as Montoya has not exactly found it easy and he was GREAT in F1. Get Brad Keselowski in the mix... How about a Chevy F1 Car!?!?!?


September 20, 2012 4:54 PM

Only thing I will say is, If I was in his place, I would have wanted to stay in F1 as well, perhaps target bigger team but in any case stay in F1 regardless of my position amongst 24...I think anyone would do the same.

Angelina - Unregistered

September 21, 2012 1:49 AM

For F1 to gain popularity in America, we need more races in America and more interaction of the drivers with the fans.

He hardly makes it to 107%rule and is a danger to other drivers. Plus he blocks others while being lapped. Chandok would represent India better but Force India is even better representation of the country.

Bernie's love for America is stronger than America's love for F1.

Angelina - Unregistered

September 21, 2012 1:52 AM

Also those silly rule changes mid-season and penalties for overtaking spoil the sport. F1 should change a bit to suit America if they want to flourish in our country.

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