Narain Karthikeyan has revealed he is 'not interested in driving for Force India'.
Karthikeyan made a surprise return to the sport this season with HRT following more than five years in the F1 wilderness. However he was dropped following the European Grand Prix and replaced by Daniel Ricciardo. Although he is due to make another comeback next month for a one-off run with the Spanish team in front of his home fans in India, it is uncertain what he will do in 2012.
“I never even approached [Vijay] Mallya [when he took over the Spyker team back in 2007],” Karthikeyan told The National
newspaper ahead of the F1 2011 Singapore GP. “The vibes from the camp have been extremely negative [despite the fact they've always said they want an Indian driver] and I want to make it clear that I am not interested in driving for Force India.”
Karthikeyan meanwhile warmed-up for the inaugural Indian Grand Prix by taking part in the shortened first practice session in Singapore on Friday. He completed 18 laps in total, his best a 1 minute 59.214 seconds, just 0.045 seconds off Ricciardo in the sister car – a performance branded 'solid' and 'consistent' by HRT boss, Colin Kolles.
“It was fantastic to be back in the car. I brushed off all the cobwebs after two and a half months without driving,” Karthikeyan continued. “It was a good session even though being a new track for me it was not ideal
“But I'm very happy with how the testing went, especially since I was faster than Daniel until the end.
“On the last lap I had a really good split but encountered some traffic and couldn't finish the time.
“It's a shame that the session was cut short because we couldn't do many laps and, with the red flags, I couldn't really get into a rhythm. But I was pretty much on the pace and that is quite positive”.