Saturday, March 24, 2012

Narain Karthikeyan qualifies for Malaysia F1 race

Narain Karthikeyan has qualified for the Formula 1 race in Sepang, Malaysia which is to be held on Sunday. He and his HRT teammate Pedro de la Rosa could not qualify for the season opening race in Melbourne, Australia last week. So this qualification has come as a welcome relief.

Unfortunately, Narain Karthikeyan has qualified at 24th place as he was slower than his team mate by a massive 0.741 seconds. Narain Karthikeyan's best effort was timed at 1.43.655 vis-a-vis the best laptime of 1:42.914 by Pedro de la Rosa.

However, Narain Karthikeyan will not start at 24th on the grid because Heikki Kovalainen who qualified at 19th position had earlier been handed a 5 slot grid penalty.

The 107% time was 1:43.974. I am sure the HRT team will start improving with more testing. Narain's ability to give feedback was highly rated by his engineers in Williams team and Pedro de la Rosso is a proven ability in developing the car. So I am sure the HRTteam and Narain Karthikeyan start becoming competitive soon and beat their nearest competitors Marussia and reduce the gap with other teams. 

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