Indian Grand Prix sees HRT bring Narain Karthikeyan on track on race day
In any sport, there’s little that matches the excitement and fervor of a home crowd. Not every Grand Prix event has a home driver for the crowd to throw their weight behind, but at the 2011 debut Airtel Indian Grand Prix this October, not only can the crowd support Force India as a team, but also Narain Karthikeyan who will race for the Hispania Racing Team (HRT).
Whe we talk about F1 drivers, representation from India has been limited to Narain Karthikeyan, and Karun Chandhok. Previously Karun Chandhok raced for HRT and has one race to his name this year with Lotus, but points have eluded him. Narain Karthikeyan did get on the board at the 2005 United States Grand Prix for team Jordan. He did start racing with HRT this season, but Daniel Ricciardo replaced him as a team HRT race driver earlier in the season. For the inaugural Indian Grand Prix 2011, HRT is putting Narain Karthikeyan back on the race track.
For the crowd, it seems to be getting better by the day. There is a home team in Force India that is most likely to continue with Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta as their two race drivers. Force India is currently placed 7th in the Constructors’ Championships. Now of course, Hispania Racing Team is putting Narain Karthikeyan in the driver’s seat. This apart, support for Ferrari will not go unnoticed. With Mercedes and Renault being responsible for 6 of the race car engines each, there’s no dearth of support in these quarters either. A special mention should be made about RBR (Red Bull Racing)-Renault, which is powered by Renault engines, and if not on that front, the team is popular because of branding by Red Bull energy drinks. If all goes well, Lotus-Renault could soon announce the return of Karun Chandhok, the team’s third driver who would replace either Jarno Trulli or Heikki Kovalainen for the Indian Grand Prix.