30/06/2011

Hispania reshuffle - Karthikeyan out!

Two separate stories have appeared from Hispania today and it's quite obvious they are linked.

Firstly, Hispania team principle Colin Kolles is to step aside from Hispania to allow the owning Carabante family to take more direct control. That story can be viewed here.

Secondly, Red Bull/Toro Rosso reserve driver Daniel Ricciardo is set to replace Narain Karthikeyan for the rest of the season. That story is here.

Colin Kolles is the guy who brought Karthikeyan back into F1 as they have a good relationship together from previous events including the Le Mans 24 hour race. Kolles going means Karthikeyan also going unfortunately, although he is expected to stay on as reserve driver for the rest of the season.

Obviously this is disappointing for Indian F1 fans, however you can understand Hispania's decision to give the drive to a younger more promising driver. The one piece of good news though is that Narain will be allowed to race at the Indian GP for the whole weekend so that should give us something to cheer about!

On that note, it is expected that Team Lotus will also let Karun Chandhok race at the Indian GP for the whole weekend however this is just speculation at this stage.

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