Narain Karthikeyan may not have a future with HRT but will not head to Force India
One needn’t feel too bad since the initial hope against hope to see Narain Karthikeyan drive for Force India at the debut Indian Grand Prix was simply wishful thinking. The reality of the story remains that Narain Karthikeyan has made it very certain that he will not be seen as part of the Force Indiateam in future. He said that he has not been made very welcome by Vijay Mallya, owner and head honcho of Force India. Karthikeyan has held his stance at every interview that he will not be part of the Indian national Force India team.
The bitter battle between the top Indian F1 race driver and Vijay Mallya has been ongoing, and there may be no amicably settling it approach. The ace racer made it clear that he has never spoken to Mallya about his participation as he was not interested in the first place. He did not want to be part of the Force India team due to negative atmosphere and pessimistic feeling that he got from their camp.
Karthikeyan, 34 took part in the first Friday free practice in Singapore will race in India. There is no updates regarding his future with the Hispania Racing Team (HRT) but Karthikeyan is certainly not headed the Team India way. The first free practice session at the Marina Bay race track was cut short from half an track time to 12 minutes for Narain as repair work at a curb ushered in two red flags. Nevertheless, the driver was thankful. This is what he had to say, “It was fantastic to be back in the car today. I brushed off all the cobwebs after two and a half months without driving. It was a good session even though being a new track for me it was not ideal. But I’m very happy with how the testing went, especially since I was faster than Daniel until the end. On the last lap I had a really good split but encountered some traffic and couldn’t finish the time. It’s a shame that the session was cut short because we couldn’t do many laps and, with the red flags, I couldn’t really get into a rhythm. But I was pretty much on the pace and that is quite positive.”