Despite equalling the team's best qualifying effort in A1 GP, Narain Karthikeyan insists he is not wholly satisfied with India's fifth place starting position for the final round of the championship at Brands Hatch after being baulked by a slower car.

Utilising his experience of having raced in the British Formula 3 Championship in 2000, Karthikeyan was immediately on the pace in practice and at one stage looked like an outside bet for overall pole position.

However, having been as high as third on the aggregate standings, Karthikeyan slipped to fifth at the session's conclusion after his final effort was spoiled by France's Loic Duval, a lap the Indian claims could have seen him as high as third on the grid.

"I'm not really happy with how it went in qualifying, we should be further up the grid. I was blocked by France on the last lap; we were a minimum P4, maybe even P3 before that. We still need to find a couple of tenths in the car, and I think if we had been doing this all season as a team, we would be right up there.

"Certainly Great Britain has found something in their car or Robbie [Kerr] has, they certainly put in a great qualifying lap to take pole.

 

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