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Q&A - Narain Karthikeyan, HRT

Narain Karthikeyan discusses F1 2012
Q:
This is your second season with HRT Formula 1 Team and you know better than anyone how much the team has changed. It won't have been easy but what has this change been like?

Narain Karthikeyan:
The change has been a big one but also a progressive one. Now the entire team is under the same roof and the facilities are really fantastic; anyone who visits them will see the intentions of a very serious Formula 1 team. I give full marks to the management who put this together and I feel very fortunate to form a part of this team which is growing. We've still got a lot to do but we're making steady progress.

Q:
We've completed just over half of the races, how would you assess this first part of the season?

Narain Karthikeyan:
I think that my race performance has been very strong, with my 15th place in Monaco standing out, but in qualifying I've been a bit weaker. Right now I'm about three tenths behind Pedro and that's something I have to improve in this second half, no doubt about it. The tyres have been quite difficult to get used to and Pedro has a lot of experience with Pirelli and McLaren. He's a very good driver who hardly makes mistakes and I must learn from him to improve.

Q:
Both the team and the car are new, what has surprised you most about each one?

Narain Karthikeyan:
We knew the car would be pretty basic but I've been surprised by its reliability and I think it has potential to improve. And the team has surprised me even more because renewing almost 85% of the staff isn't easy and I think that we have a very good combination of people with a lot of experience in F1 and young people with a lot of hunger. But everyone is very professional and it's a real pleasure working with them.

Q:
How would you define or what would you highlight about your team-mates?

Narain Karthikeyan:
Pedro is a fantastic driver with a lot of experience; he's very consistent but also quick. Dani and Ma are young talented drivers with a lot to learn, but also really nice guys. We're a small united family and we really enjoy working together.

Q:
The start wasn't easy but the progress has been evident. What mark out of ten would you give yourself this season?

Narain Karthikeyan:
We all know that the start should have been better in normal circumstances, but with the changes that had to be made and other things we inherited, it wasn't possible. To make it to Australia with the car on time was an achievement in itself. We've moved on from that and have progressed a lot. For now I give myself a 6 or a 7, and if I improve my results in qualifying, then an 8 or a 9.

Q:
Your performance at your home Grand Prix in India was fantastic. Having enjoyed more continuity and confidence, what are your expectations for this year?

Narain Karthikeyan:
The car will have evolved a bit more come the Indian Grand Prix so I think I will put in a better performance than last year. It's obviously my favourite race and we will try to do our best there. My expectations are always high and we will aim to improve on last year's 17th position.

Q:
It was something completely new in India and, as a result, the Grand Prix was a complete success in terms of assistance. What's the atmosphere like this year?

Narain Karthikeyan:




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22.07.2012 - Race, Narain Karthikeyan (IND) HRT Formula 1 Team F112
26.07.2012- Press conference, Narain Karthikeyan (IND) HRT Formula 1 Team F112
26.07.2012- Press conference, Narain Karthikeyan (IND) HRT Formula 1 Team F112
Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok reunited for RoC
Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok reunited for RoC
25.11.2012- Race, Pedro de la Rosa (ESP) HRT Formula 1 Team F112 and Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Caterham F1 Team CT01
25.11.2012- Race, Narain Karthikeyan (IND) HRT Formula 1 Team F112 and Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W03
25.11.2012- Race, Pedro de la Rosa (ESP) HRT Formula 1 Team F112 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8
25.11.2012- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8 and Narain Karthikeyan (IND) HRT Formula 1 Team F112
25.11.2012- Race, Pedro de la Rosa (ESP) HRT Formula 1 Team F112 leads Charles Pic (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR01
25.11.2012- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8 and Narain Karthikeyan (IND) HRT Formula 1 Team F112
25.11.2012- Pedro de la Rosa (ESP) HRT Formula 1 Team F112 and Sergio Perez (MEX) Sauber F1 Team C31
25.11.2012- Charlie Whiting (GBR), Race director and safety delegate and Narain Karthikeyan (IND) HRT Formula 1 Team F112
24.11.2012- Qualifying, Narain Karthikeyan (IND) HRT Formula 1 Team F112 and Timo Glock (GER) Marussia F1 Team MR01
24.11.2012- Qualifying, Pedro de la Rosa (ESP) HRT Formula 1 Team F112
24.11.2012- Qualifying, Narain Karthikeyan (IND) HRT Formula 1 Team F112
24.11.2012- Free Practice 3, Pedro de la Rosa (ESP) HRT Formula 1 Team F112
24.11.2012- Free Practice 3, Narain Karthikeyan (IND) HRT Formula 1 Team F112

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Ak - Unregistered

August 16, 2012 4:38 PM

I am glad he knows where he stands. Some other drivers here actually need a reality check unlike him. Its rewarding to know one's strengths and weakness and he defintely needs to gain those 3 tenths. Half the season is left and there is some time to get that rating from 6 to 8. Defintely showed off his maturity this season and looks more calmer and composed. Something that Cucumber calling Vettel should learn.



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