03/02/2012

Karthikeyan - deal is done!

As a result of the chaos caused by the Force India and Ferrari launches earlier today one pretty big story has been overlooked ...

Indian driver Narain Karthikeyan has surprised everybody by signing a deal to race for HRT next season to complete the grid for 2012.

HRT have been in F1 since 2010 meaning that 2012 will be the teams 3rd year in the sport. Back in 2010 they sacked Indian driver Karun Chandhok midway through the season. In 2011 they sacked Karthikeyan midway through the season ... let's hope their trend of sacking Indian drivers does not continue. This is exactly why this deal is so surprising; the manner in which Narain was sacked last season resulted in the Indian thereatning legal action against the Spanish team (for not running him but still cashing in on his sponsor money); and so no-one expected the two parties to make up. The deal is also surprising because many other top drivers do not have a drive in 2012 (Adrian Sutil, Rubens Barrichello, Vitaly Petrov). Although we do know however that Jamie Alguersuari was offered the second HRT seat before Narain, but the Spanish driver rejected.

The other issue with a HRT drive is that, based on previous seasons at least, their car is so slow in comparison to other teams that it's hard to show talent. Many have driven for HRT in the past, the majority of which are no longer in F1. On the other hand, Bruno Senna has proven that career progression from HRT is possible (drove for them in 2010, now at Lotus in 2012).

Anyhow we wish Narain the best of luck for 2012 of course! Let's hope HRT allow him to get to the end of the season this time!!

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