Narain Karthikeyan has said that he is really starting to understand the A1 Team India car after his two previous outings in South Africa and New Zealand.

The WilliamsF1 tester added that he is now aiming to translate the front-running pace he has shown in practice into a top three finish this weekend in Mexico, something that would give the team its first podium.

Indeed he is confident he will be able to push to the limits on the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit and is just hoping he has no problems with the car.

"I'm looking forward to getting in the car again and forgetting our problems in South Africa," he stated. "Having arrived in Mexico on Tuesday, I have a few days to acclimatise myself before getting on track.

"Set-up will be very important here, the circuit is extremely bumpy and the combination of corners and a long straight will require the car to be carefully balanced.

"This will be my third A1GP event, and I'm starting to really understand the characteristics of the car. With no testing opportunities, all our learning has been confined to race weekends, and we should now be able to capitalise on this in Mexico.

"This circuit will give us more scope to push the car to its limits and I'm expecting to secure a top three finish for India."

A1 Team India Seatholder, Yohann Setna meanwhile believes that Karthikeyan's fitness, something that has to be high due to his F1 commitments, could give him an edge.

"The Mexican round will provide a challenge for both the drivers and the car, the track surface here is very bumpy, and of course the high altitude will be an issue, especially during the 70 minute Feature race. However, as an F1 driver, Narain has an extremely high level of fitness, which should help him withstand the physical pressures," he explained.

"We were very unlucky in South Africa last time out and deserved better than our ninth place in the Feature race, we will be aiming for a podium finish this weekend."



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