No excuse to be quick in some sectors and not in others says Narain Karthikeyan
Former F1 driver Narain Karthikeyan’s 3rd round 2014 Super Formula championship qualification sees him in 11th place having struggled to adapt his car to the Japanese circuit.
The Tata Sons and Tata Motors supported driver will begin his 4.5 km 55-lap race tomorrow in row 6 after qualifying 0.713 seconds behind pole position.
Narain’s last race in Fuji Speedway back in May was affected by electronics and other mechanical issues. This time around the Team Lenovo Impul driver struggled to adapt his Dallara SF14 to some circuit sections. Today’s qualifying saw 0.7 seconds between the top 10 drivers.
Driving the first two splits and top speed was better than last time but the last sector proved to be an obstacle and too many mistakes were made on qualifying lap today.
Super Formula series (formerly known as Formula Nippon) switched to a new Dallara SF14 chassis this year. power comes from a two-litre, 550 bhp turbocharged engine, similar to new 2014 F1 regulations. At season start, Narain’s quick pace saw him qualify on the front row at Suzuka Circuit in April, and secure points at Fuji in May. Narian is confident of car pace and top speed that will enable overtaking tomorrow. A good start, overtaking, and quick pit stops should be enough to finish in points at 2014 Super Formula, Round 3, Fuji Speedway.