Sunday, September 25, 2011

Narain Karthikeyan shows his speed even after a break in racing

Narain Karthikeyan drove in the First Practice (FP1) on Friday in Singapore in place of Vintanio. He was immediately in pace and was faster than Daniel Ricciardo till the last lap when Daniel over took him. Daniel Ricciardo's best time was 1 m 59. 169 and Narain Karthikeyan was 1 m 59.214 ie. only 0.045 seconds slower than Daniel Ricciardo even though Narain was not racing for the last two months.

As I had mentioned that it is always hard on Narain to prove his speed after coming out of a break and jumping into a car. So he did admirably well. Narain's speed is good news as he would be driving in the Indian GP.

Narain has this 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 am 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".

And Colin Kolles had this to say  "After a long time without racing, Narain was solid and consistent and Daniel was getting used to the track and later on set some good times in the afternoon".

In a further confirmation to our previous article Force India - Neither a Force nor India ( ) where we had talked about the motive of Dr. Vijay Mallya, Team Principal of Force India in running down Indian drivers like Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok, Narain has spoken about the bad relation between him and Force India.

Narain has said that he has only got negative vibes and pessimisting feelings from the Force India team. Unfortunately, we Indian's are like that. Unlike the Japanese who try to do everything to help their country men, here the Indian owner of a Formula One team doesn't want his fellow Indian to share the glory. Unfortunately, that is the reality of life. Most of the times the Mighty wins.

No comments: