Malaysia

Last Race: 29th Mar Malaysia

Malaysian GP Results
Pos Driver
1 Sebastian Vettel
2 Lewis Hamilton
3 Nico Rosberg
China

Next Race: 12th Apr China

Karthikeyan to replace Liuzzi in India

2011-10-22 13:51:00

 RSS

Share:

Karthikeyan to replace Liuzzi in India

Narain Karthikeyan will replace Tonio Liuzzi and not Daniel Ricciardo at HRT for next weekend's Indian GP.

Karthikeyan was dropped by the team ahead of the British GP to make way for Ricciardo. However, at the time there were reports that he would return to action at his inaugural home race, the Indian GP.

This was confirmed by HRT last month, who put Karthikeyan in the car in Friday's first practice at the Japanese and Korean GPs in order to get him up to speed.

And although it was initially thought that he would take his race-seat back from Ricciardo, HRT have confirmed that it is in fact Liuzzi who he will be filling in for.

"Driving in front of the home crowd cheering on is going to be a surreal experience. A once in a lifetime experience and I feel extremely fortunate," said Karthikeyan.

"There is a huge buzz around the Grand Prix already and I'm sure that it'll be a resounding success that will motivate more youngsters towards the sport and give us the future F1 drivers.

"Making it into F1 at the time I did was a seriously uphill task and the thought of being able to compete in the inaugural Indian GP was non-existent. But it is finally here and I'll be on the grid."

Karthikeyan reckons the layout of the Buddh International circuit means the Formula One drivers are in for a "challenging" experience next weekend.

"It is going to be one of the most challenging circuits on the calendar. There are points at which, if you're in an F1 car, you will see nothing but the sky.

"The layout itself is going to put tremendous energy through the tyres and the strategy will play a key role in the final result. For sure I'll race hard and try to get a good result for myself and the team.

"I would like to ex press my gratitude towards Tata Group and the rest of sponsors for their continued support and belief throughout my career."

F1's Spaniards sticking together

Editor's Picks

Only Tifosi Understand...

Only Tifosi Understand...

It's not easy being a fan of the oldest and most successful F1 team but here's a guide to help those who don't understand you...

This Week In F1 History

This Week In F1 History

Nigel Mansell, Sebastian Vettel, Jenson Button, Nelson Piquet and Juan Pablo Montoya all made history...

Winners & Losers: Australia

Winners & Losers: Australia

It only took one grand prix for Sauber rookie Felipe Nasr to bag his first points and his first Star of the Race...

German GP Is Bernie's Failure

German GP Is Bernie's Failure

Andrew Davies asks, has Bernie's failure to secure a German GP deal brought the sport into disrepute?

PF1 Fantasy Racing

PF1 Fantasy Racing

Are you a Ross Brawn or a Paul Stoddart? Can you manage money like Bernie or Caterham? Let's find out...