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Hispania will do better in 2011, says Karthikeyan

Narain Karthikeyan says he isn't expecting any 'miracles' in 2011, but he is still hopeful HRT will be more competitive.

Narain Karthikeyan believes Hispania Racing will have an 'improved package' for the F1 2011 season.

Karthikeyan, who was handed an unexpected F1 lifeline last week by the Spanish squad, even though his last – and only season at the pinnacle of the sport – was back in 2005 with Jordan, told sport360.com that the HRT team has made real progress since its troubled birth almost 12 months ago.

“For the 2011 season HRT have expanded their own resources, and have established some strong technical partnerships,” he explained.

“They will participate with an upgraded version of their 2010 chassis, mated to the Cosworth engine, and a gearbox sourced from the Williams Formula 1 team.

“They have also hired the designer Geoff Willis, who is hugely experienced in F1. I'm sure the combination of these things will make for an improved package in 2011.”

Despite that though, the 33-year-old, isn't getting too carried away and he knows the challenge ahead is a tough one.

“The team and I don't expect any miracles in 2011,” he continued. “The team is working flat-out to ensure that the cars will be ready for the first tests in February, and we will all try to do the best job possible.

"We just want to be as reliable as possible, finish as many races as we can,” he summed-up.



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Raj... - Unregistered

January 12, 2011 10:08 AM

@Kev 182.. I have been growing up with these two Guys Narain and Karun, With all respect to Karun, Narain has done well in all forms of racing and he is still the man to beat in our country. To tell you more, Narain is the Ice Breaker for all indians, and he did everything on his own without the support of his father (who is no more) with sheer talent and support from the people who believed in him. On the Other hand, Karun is a supported by his father who is a president of the Countries racing federation and his relationship with Bernie. Also, Narain is much soft spoken and down to earth guy, who is always approcahble.Karun, shows a good look character but thats only in TV. These are the facts which i have seen for last 16yrs of racing in our country even when Karun was roaming around as a Chubby kid. He has matured a lot but still a long way to go to reach Narain's standards. I even feel, Narain is the main inspiration for Mallya to start a racing team in F1.



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