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Karthikeyan: I haven’t given up on F1 2012 race drive

India's Narain Karthikeyan still hankering after F1 drive.

Narain Karthikeyan remains convinced he could still race in F1 2012, even though there only two teams left that have yet to complete their line-ups.

Karthikeyan made a shock return to the F1 grid at the start of the year with HRT - more than five years on from his last competitive appearance at the highest level. However he was dropped ahead of the British GP in July in favour of Daniel Ricciardo. Although he returned for a one-off outing with the Spanish squad towards the end of the season, putting in a pretty solid performance in front of his home fans at the all-new Buddh International Circuit, venue for the inaugural Indian Grand Prix on October 30 [see separate story - click here], it seems unlikely he is very high on either HRT's list or Williams' for 2012 – the two teams that have vacancies.

Indeed HRT already have Pedro de la Rosa on board, while Williams look more likely to partner Pastor Maldonado with either Adrian Sutil or possibly retain Rubens Barrichello. Williams has yet to confirm any of its drivers for 2012.

Despite all that though, Karthikeyan is adamant he hasn't given up: “I had a good Indian Grand Prix and the intention is to see what opportunities are available in F1 and see how we can conclude something,” he told The Times of India.

“I'm not dealing with it directly. But there are people who are liaising on behalf of me,” he added.

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Narain Karthikeyan (IND), HRT Formula One Team
14.10.2011- Friday Practice 1, Narain Karthikeyan (IND), Test Driver,  HRT Formula One Team
14.10.2011- Friday Practice 1, Narain Karthikeyan (IND), Test Driver,  HRT Formula One Team
Narain Karthikeyan (IND), HRT Formula One Team
24.06.2011- Friday Practice 1, Narain Karthikeyan (IND), Hispania Racing F1 Team, HRT
24.09.2011- Narain Karthikeyan (IND), Test Driver,  HRT Formula One Team

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December 19, 2011 2:16 PM

Alguersuari doesn't have a drive and this guy thinks he has a hope of been in F1, He won't be at Williams so unless he gives HRT a 5 million quid cheque I can't see it, he's distinctly mediocre :rolleyes:

Jon - Unregistered

December 19, 2011 10:55 PM

Richard.......I read a lot of your posts on CN and agree with some, but not this time. I have known Narain for some time now and I like him as a person.He is not self opinionated at all he works with the up and coming karters in India giving his time freely, only last weekend he helped out in Bangalore with the Red Bull Kart Fight. I also like him as a race driver I like his aggression and his commitment he is quite humble in the paddock and is extremely well liked. I think he is worthy of a place on the GP grid for next season he has a whole continent looking for him to do well. He dosen't have a rich father he gets his own sponsorship deals and that's not easy in a cricket mad country. and to all the other detractors on this forum don't write down your foolish thoughts as if they are facts best you Know what you are talking about first

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