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Karthikeyan hopes to retain HRT role

Narain Karthikeyan seeks to stay with HRT for the 2013 F1 campaign
Narain Karthikeyan says he is keen to stay with HRT for the 2013 F1 season.

The Indian racer rejoined the team at the start of the year having made his return to the grid with the Spanish squad in 2011 before being replaced for the final races of the campaign.

With HRT having undergone a series of changes this year, including moving to a new base in Madrid, Karthikeyan said he was keen to try and return next year if a deal can be struck with the Thesan-owned team.

“HRT has done a lot of investment,” he was quoted by the Press Trust of India. “We have a proper headquarter, proper factory now for the first time. We are trying to reap the benefits of these facilities for the next season with some good finishes. The management and I have very good rapport. Hopefully, we can work something out.

“I would like to stay at HRT. That's the plan and it seems good so far.”

So far this season Karthikeyan has struggled to match team-mate Pedro de la Rosa and only outqualified the Spaniard for the first time at Monza – having started the previous three races from dead last on the grid.

He did however admit that the fact he has missed practice sessions at recent events, where both Dani Clos and Ma Qing Hua have been given track time, had worked against him.

“From Silverstone onwards, I have been unlucky in missing practice one on Fridays while the second practice has been wet,” he said. “So to get one hour of practice on Saturday and then to compete against a fast guy like him is difficult and challenging.”




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02.09.2012- Race, Narain Karthikeyan (IND) HRT Formula 1 Team F112
06.09.2012- Autograph session, Narain Karthikeyan (IND) HRT Formula 1 Team F112
08.09.2012- Qualifying, Narain Karthikeyan (IND) HRT Formula 1 Team F112
Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok reunited for RoC
Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok reunited for RoC
25.11.2012- Race, Pedro de la Rosa (ESP) HRT Formula 1 Team F112 and Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Caterham F1 Team CT01
25.11.2012- Race, Narain Karthikeyan (IND) HRT Formula 1 Team F112 and Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W03
25.11.2012- Race, Pedro de la Rosa (ESP) HRT Formula 1 Team F112 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8
25.11.2012- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8 and Narain Karthikeyan (IND) HRT Formula 1 Team F112
25.11.2012- Race, Pedro de la Rosa (ESP) HRT Formula 1 Team F112 leads Charles Pic (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR01
25.11.2012- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8 and Narain Karthikeyan (IND) HRT Formula 1 Team F112
25.11.2012- Pedro de la Rosa (ESP) HRT Formula 1 Team F112 and Sergio Perez (MEX) Sauber F1 Team C31
25.11.2012- Charlie Whiting (GBR), Race director and safety delegate and Narain Karthikeyan (IND) HRT Formula 1 Team F112
24.11.2012- Qualifying, Narain Karthikeyan (IND) HRT Formula 1 Team F112 and Timo Glock (GER) Marussia F1 Team MR01
24.11.2012- Qualifying, Pedro de la Rosa (ESP) HRT Formula 1 Team F112
24.11.2012- Qualifying, Narain Karthikeyan (IND) HRT Formula 1 Team F112
24.11.2012- Free Practice 3, Pedro de la Rosa (ESP) HRT Formula 1 Team F112
24.11.2012- Free Practice 3, Narain Karthikeyan (IND) HRT Formula 1 Team F112

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