Narain Karthikeyan will definitely return for F1 2011, after Hispania Racing made it official this morning.
The news that the Indian was to make a shock comeback broke yesterday evening [see separate story – click here
], however, it wasn't until 8 am this morning that the Spanish team issued a statement to the press. In it team boss Colin Kolles was quick to welcome the 33-year-old back to the fold. Karthikeyan's last – and only season in F1 – was back in 2005 with Jordan, although he did work as a test driver for Williams in 2006 and 2007.
“It is a great pleasure for us to have signed Narain Karthikeyan as our race driver for the 2011 Formula 1 World Championship,” Kolles stated. “I have known Narain for a long time and he can revert to the experiences he gained when he was competing for Jordan Grand Prix and being test and reserve driver for Williams F1.
“Narain has also been driving in other racing series and running in one of the legendary Audi sports cars in the Le Mans Series.
“I am sure that his experience and speed will be very useful for the team during the season.
“We look forward to welcoming Narain to our team and to working closely with him this year,” Kolles summed-up.