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Hispania's old car not a disaster, Karthikeyan insists

Hispania Racing may not have achieved much with the FF110 last year, but Narain Karthikeyan has said he was pleasantly surprised when he drove it for the first time.
Hispania Racing's Narain Karthikeyan has revealed that the handling of the teams F1 2010 car wasn't as bad as he thought it would be.

Karthikeyan, who has been in the F1 wilderness ever since his spell as a test driver with Williams in 2007, tested at Valencia earlier this month with the FF110 and he is due to get more running in it this week, first at Monza as part of a filming session for Pirelli, before then heading to Barcelona for the third group test of the year.

“It was said that the old HRT car was particularly difficult to drive,” Karthikeyan told Auto Motor und Sport. “I would not say it is easy, but it is not a disaster either. I got use to it quickly at the first test. It ran well.”

Meanwhile, Karthikeyan insisted that his deal with the Spanish team will see him take in all the events in 2011.

“The plan is to contest all the grand's prix. That is fixed. I am naturally looking forward to the Indian Grand Prix [my home race]. I hope with the new FF111 we can make a step forward,” he added.

Hispania revealed the first images of the F111 last week [see separate story CLICK HERE]. The team is due to begin testing with it at the final pre-season test in Bahrain, which runs from March 3-6. Karthikeyan's team-mate for F1 2011 has yet to be announced.

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Narain Karthikeyan (IND), Hispania Racing F1 Team, HRT
Narain Karthikeyan (IND), Hispania Racing F1 Team, HRT
Narain Karthikeyan (IND), Hispania Racing F1 Team, HRT
Narain Karthikeyan (IND), Hispania Racing F1 Team, HRT
Narain Karthikeyan (IND), Hispania Racing F1 Team, HRT
Narain Karthikeyan (IND), Hispania Racing Team, HRT
Narain Karthikeyan (IND), Hispania Racing F1 Team, HRT

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Syed - Unregistered

February 16, 2011 3:39 PM

I really think some comments here are absurd. Look how Christian Klien came in and nearly ended Bruno Senna's career by beating him in Singapore qualifying by more than a second and ran much quicker in the race when he retired. And then again at Interlagos, he beat Senna by more than 7 tenths in qualifying. At Abu Dhabi he qualified only a couple of tenths behind Senna. It shows that Senna had been under performing massively and that the car wasn't that bad, and this is what Narain is reflecting which seems pretty honest. Most importantly Klien took part in his first Grand Prix weekend for three years at the Spanish Grand Prix, where he drove in the first practice session in place of Karun Chandhok. He replaced Chandhok again at the European Grand Prix where his session was made difficult by problems with his car. So in reality a guy comes in after 3 year hiatus and out qualifies and out races his teammate surely means that the car isn't a lazy dog.

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