HRT have today confirmed that Narain Karthikeyan will drive for the team at the inaugural Indian Grand Prix on the 30th October, and will also be in the car for FP1 next Friday in Singapore.
Karthikeyan, who was dropped by HRT in favour of Daniel Ricciardo before the British Grand Prix last July, was last in the F111 for FP1 in Germany.
“Of course it’s a great feeling to be driving on a Grand Prix weekend once again, and on the subject of my home Grand Prix of India, the team had assured me that I’d be driving when I stepped out of my seat after the European GP,” he said. “The Singapore circuit will definitely be a challenge as it is new to me so I’ll have to get to grips with it fairly quickly.
“From what I know, it is a very demanding race physically, not only because of the temperatures and humidity but also being a high-speed street circuit it is extremely bumpy. Like any other street circuit, grip builds up through the weekend and car-setup will have to be constantly evolved to get the best out of it. Overall, it is a great place to return to race proceedings, and will go a long way to get me back in the rhythm for the Indian GP.”
The team have not yet revealed whether it will be Vitantonio Liuzzi or Ricciardo who will be making way for Karthikeyan for either the single practice session in Singapore or for the entire weekend in Italy. HRT team principal Colin Kolles instead sang the praises of his Indian driver.
“It is great to have Narain back in the car as it will give him critical seat time before he drives at the Indian GP,” he said. “He is the best driver to come out of the region and is undoubtedly extremely talented as he has proved through his progress this season”.