Motor : Karthikeyan ready for A1 GP

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SPEED MERCHANT: Team India hopes to ride on Narain Karthikeyan’s experience in the A1 Grand Prix series.
SPEED MERCHANT: Team India hopes to ride on Narain Karthikeyan’s experience in the A1 Grand Prix series.

Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Narain Karthikeyan is committed to race for Team India in the A1 Grand Prix till December as long as it does not clash with his possible participation in Formula One this season.

Addressing newspersons at the launch of Team India for this season’s A1 circuit, here on Tuesday, Narain said that talks were on with a few teams in F-1 including Spyker (partly owned by Vijay Mallya), but didn’t know how things would crystallise.

Time to choose

“At present, I have nothing to talk about. I have to keep pushing. If I have to make a choice, between F-1 and A1, I will obviously choose F-1. If there is no clash with F-1 commitments, then I would like to finish (the A1 circuit),” the 30-year-old said.

Last season, Narain raced five times in A1 and finished a creditable fourth in the final race at Brands Hatch, Great Britain.

Eventually, India garnered just 13 points and finished 16th in a field of 24 Nations. In its third season, the A1 GP circuit will have 11 races in 10 countries. The season begins in Zandvoort, the Netherlands, on September 30.

Other options

With Narain and Parthiva Sureshwaren forming the team, India is expected to perform better this season.

Team manager Yohann Setna said that in case Narain was not available, Karun Chandhok and Arman Ebrahim would be among the options.

Answering questions regarding India becoming a possible destination on the A1 circuit, Narain said, “Chennai should be a better choice. Coimbatore does not have the kind of space needed for A1.”

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