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.