Narain Karthikeyan

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Narain Karthikeyan
Narain Karthikeyan 2011 Malaysia2.jpg
Karthikeyan at the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix.
Born(1977-01-14) 14 January 1977 (age 35)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityIndia Indian
2012 teamHRT-Cosworth
2012 car #23
Races46 (44 starts)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points5
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First race2005 Australian Grand Prix
Last race2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
2011 position26th (0 pts)
 
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Narain Karthikeyan
Narain Karthikeyan 2011 Malaysia2.jpg
Karthikeyan at the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix.
Born(1977-01-14) 14 January 1977 (age 35)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityIndia Indian
2012 teamHRT-Cosworth
2012 car #23
Races46 (44 starts)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points5
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First race2005 Australian Grand Prix
Last race2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
2011 position26th (0 pts)
Awards2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Most Popular Driver
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
9 race(s) run over 1 year(s)
2010 position30th
First race2010 Kroger 250 - (Martinsville)
Last race2010 Mountain Dew 250 - Talladega
WinsTop tensPoles
000
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years2009
TeamsKolles
Best finish7th in LMP1 (2009)
Class wins0

Kumar Ram Narain Karthikeyan (Tamil: குமார் ராம் நாராயண் கார்த்திகேயன்; born 14 January 1977, in Madras)[1] is the first Formula One motor racing driver from India.[2] He has previously competed in A1GP, and the Le Mans Series. He made his Formula One debut in 2005 with the Jordan team, and was a Williams F1 test driver in 2006 and 2007. Like several other former F1 drivers, Karthikeyan moved to stock car racing and drove the #60 Safe Auto Insurance Company Toyota Tundra for Wyler Racing in the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. In 2011 he returned to F1 with the HRT team, and has again signed with them for the 2012 season.

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Early career

Karthikeyan was born in Madras, Tamil Nadu. Karthikeyan did his schooling at Stanes Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School in Coimbatore. Narain Karthikeyan runs Karthikeya Spinning Mills LTD and a wind energy sector and many other companies in Coimbatore. Karthikeyan's interest in motorsport began at an early age, as his father was a former Indian national rally champion winning South India Rally seven times. He is also related to the late S. Karivardhan, India's most famous racing driver until Karthikeyan came along. With the ambition of becoming India's first Formula One driver, Karthikeyan finished on the podium in his first ever race, at Sriperumpudur in a Formula Maruti (a.k.a.FISSME). He then went onto the Elf Winfield Racing School in France, showing his talent by becoming a semi-finalist in the Pilote Elf Competition for Formula Renault cars in 1992. He returned to India to race in Formula Maruti for the 1993 season, and in the same year, he also competed in the Formula Vauxhall Junior championship in Great Britain. This gave him valuable experience in European racing, and he was keen to return for the following year.

In 1994, he returned to the UK, racing in the Formula Ford Zetec series as the number two works Vector driver for the Foundation Racing team. The highlight of the season was a podium finish in a support race for the Portuguese Grand Prix held at Estoril. Karthikeyan also took part in the British Formula Ford Winter Series, and became the first Indian to win any championship in Europe.

In 1995, Karthikeyan graduated to the Formula Asia Championship for just four races. However, he showed pace immediately and was able to finish second in the race at Shah Alam, Malaysia. In 1996, he had a full season in the series and became the first Indian and the first Asian to win the Formula Asia International series. He moved back to Britain in 1997 to compete in the British Formula Opel Championship with the Nemesis Motorsport team, taking a pole position and win at Donington Park and finishing sixth in the overall points standings.

In 1998, Karthikeyan made his debut in the British Formula Three Championship with the Carlin Motorsport team. Competing in only 10 rounds, he managed two third place finishes in the final two races of the season, at Spa-Francorchamps and Silverstone, to finish 12th overall. He continued in the championship for 1999, finishing on the podium five times, including two wins at Brands Hatch. His season also included two pole positions, three fastest laps and two lap records, helping him to sixth in the championship. He also competed in the Macau Grand Prix, qualifying in sixth position and finishing sixth in the second race. Continuing his drive in the British F3 Championship in 2000, he finished fourth overall in the standings, and also took pole position and fastest laps in the Macau Grand Prix. He also won both the International F3 race at Spa-Francorchamps and the Korea Super Prix.

Karthikeyan started 2001 in the Formula Nippon F3000 Championship, finishing the year amongst the top ten. In the same year, he became the first Indian to ever drive a Formula One car, testing for the Jaguar Racing team at Silverstone on 14 June. Impressed with his performance, he was then offered a test drive in the Jordan-Honda EJ11 at Silverstone in September. Karthikeyan again tested for Jordan, at Mugello in Italy on 5 October, finishing just half a second off the pace off Jordan's lead driver Jean Alesi.

In 2002, he moved into the Telefónica World Series with Team Tata RC Motorsport, taking a pole position and setting the fastest non-Formula One lap time at the Interlagos Circuit in Brazil. Continuing in the renamed Superfund Word Series in 2003, Karthikeyan won two races and took three other podium positions on his way to fourth overall in the championship. These results earned him another Formula One test drive, this time with the Minardi team. He was offered a race drive for the 2004 season, but was unable to raise the necessary sponsorship funds to seal the deal. During the year, he married Pavarna.

He continued in the Nissan World Series, renamed "World Series by Nissan", in 2004, taking wins in Valencia, Spain and Magny-Cours, France.

Teams: Carlin Motorsport, RC Motorsport, Team Impul, Williams F1 Team, Jordan Toyota

Championships: British Formula 3, Formula Nippon, Formula Nissan (now merged as Formula Renault)

Formula One career

Jordan (2005)

Karthikeyan locking his brakes during qualifying at the 2005 United States Grand Prix

On 1 February 2005, Karthikeyan announced that he had signed the preliminary deal with Jordan Formula One team and said that he would be their main driver for the 2005 Formula One season, thus making him India's first Formula One racing driver. His partner was the Portuguese driver, Tiago Monteiro. Karthikeyan completed the necessary testing distance of 300 km in an F1 car in order to gain his superlicence at the Silverstone Circuit on 10 February.

In his first race, the Australian Grand Prix, Karthikeyan qualified in 12th position. After a poor start which saw him drop to 18th place by the end of the first lap, Karthikeyan finished in 15th, two laps behind winner Giancarlo Fisichella. He achieved his first points in the 2005 United States Grand Prix under farcical circumstances as all but three teams pulled out due to an argument over tyre safety. Karthikeyan finished fourth, finishing ahead of the two Minardi drivers but behind team mate Monteiro. Apart from the USGP, Karthikeyan's highest finish was 11th place. In the 2005 Japanese Grand Prix free practice, he was fastest for a long period of time and eventually qualified 11th. At the 2005 Chinese Grand Prix he qualified in 15th place. In an unlucky end to his 2005 season, Karthikeyan crashed his Jordan into a wall at the Chinese race, but was unhurt and able to provide an interview afterwards.

Because the Jordan team was taken over and renamed Midland for the 2006 season, the management change prompted some doubt over Karthikeyan's future at the team. Near the end of 2005, Karthikeyan announced he would not be driving for Midland the following year allegedly due to their demand that he pay as much as USD 11.7 million to secure his seat on the team. He mentioned that "anyway, being a test driver in a good car will allow me to showcase my skills better". On 8 December 2005, Karthikeyan tested for Williams at Spain and finished a respectable fifth, outpacing the confirmed Williams second driver, Nico Rosberg in the FW27C chassis, who finished ninth. On 27 January 2006, Williams confirmed Karthikeyan as their fourth driver.[3] He was to perform testing duties for the team alongside Alexander Wurz who had been confirmed earlier as the team's third driver. He was retained as a reserve test driver for Williams alongside Kazuki Nakajima in 2007.[4] Karthikeyan said he was blown away by the difference between Formula One's stragglers and a top flight team.[5]

HRT (2011-Present)

Karthikeyan driving for Hispania at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Later in 2007, he was linked with the Spyker (previously Jordan) Formula One team after their driver Christijan Albers was fired,[6] although Sakon Yamamoto got the drive. Due to the withdrawal of support from Tata (Karthikeyan's main sponsor) of Williamsf1, Nakajima was given the lion's share of testing duties and Karthikeyan was sidelined.

When the Spyker F1 team was bought out by Vijay Mallya towards the end of 2007, Karthikeyan had been linked with a drive with the new Force India Formula One team in 2008. However, Karthikeyan did not even get to test for the team. Karthikeyan was also linked to a drive with the Super Aguri team in January 2008, as one of the terms of an Indian consortium investing in the team. The deal was not agreed and he continued to drive for A1 Team India. Karthikeyan was India's only Formula One driver until the 2010 season, when Karun Chandhok signed to drive for the Hispania Racing F1 Team.[7]

On 6 January 2011, Karthikeyan announced that he would drive for the Hispania team in the 2011 season,[8] following five years away from active involvement in the championship. Karthikeyan confirmed the deal via his Twitter page, saying it would "be a dream come true to race in front of the home crowd in the Indian GP in October," and adding that the support of financial backers Tata Group had been "instrumental."[9]

An unfortunate consequence of driving for such an uncompetitive team, along with the increasing reliability of modern Formula 1 cars, meant that Karthikeyan twice set the record for the lowest placed finisher in a Formula 1 event.[10] The first occurrence was during the Chinese Grand Prix where the single retirement of Jaime Alguersuari meant Karthikeyan finished in 23rd place, after he was overtaken by teammate Vitantonio Liuzzi on the final lap. However, in the European Grand Prix there were no retirements meaning that Karthikeyan once again broke the record by being the 24th car to cross the finish line.

On 30 June 2011, Karthikeyan was replaced by Daniel Ricciardo for the remaining races of the season except the Indian Grand Prix[11][12] but participated in Friday first practice in Germany, Singapore, Japan and Korea.

On 23 October 2011, it was confirmed that Karthikeyan would replace Liuzzi for the Indian Grand Prix.[13] Karthikeyan was outqualifed by 0.022 secs to qualify 22nd,[14] however he started 24th and last due to blocking Michael Schumacher in qualifying.[15] Despite picking up damage in the first lap of the race,[16] Karthikeyan managed to beat Ricciardo by 31.8 seconds in the race to finish 17th.[17] Liuzzi returned to replace Karthikeyan ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.[18]

Karthikeyan driving for HRT at the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix.

On 3 February 2012, it was confirmed that Karthikeyan had again signed for the HRT team for the 2012 season partnering Pedro de la Rosa.[19] In the Australian Grand Prix, he and teammate Pedro de la Rosa were unable to qualify. In Malaysia, both the HRTs managed to qualify, with Karthikeyan starting 23rd due to a 5-place gear box penalty for Heikki Kovalainen, the start was wet and the HRTs gambled to start the race on full wet tyres, whilst the other cars started on intermediate tyres. As the rain increased that gamble paid off as other cars had to pit for full wets which promoted Karthikeyan to a points-paying tenth place before the safety car then red flag came out for heavy rain. At the re-start, after a few laps more laps behind the safety car, the track was dry enough for intermediate tyres and a few drivers pitted as the safety car came back in, however Karthikeyan stayed out and was as high as 5th place at one point, before McLaren's Jenson Button crashed into him whilst they were racing for position. Karthikeyan suffered damage however, but he pitted for intermediate tyres which dropped him to the back of the field, bar teammate de la Rosa who had a served a drive-through penalty. On lap 47, Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel received a puncture after hitting Karthikeyan's front wing, whilst lapping him and Vettel was forced to pit and replaced the punctured tyre which put Vettel down from 4th place, finishing 11th; Karthikeyan finished the race in 21st, however he was given a 20 second post-race penalty for his part in the collision, which meant Karthikeyan dropped to 22nd and last, behind de la Rosa.

Post-race, Vettel and Red Bull boss Christian Horner criticised Karthikeyan's driving, with Vettel calling Karthikeyan an "idiot".[20] Karthikeyan hit back at Vettel, calling him a "cry-baby".[21] Later, Kartikeyan decided to call a truce with Vettel, stating his respect for Vettel's abilities and saying "I think we have to deal with it in a mature way and forget about it."[21]

Kartikeyan qualified last for the following 5 races (bar in Spain where Lewis Hamilton was excluded from qualifying and in Monaco where Sergio Pérez crashed without setting a time) however Karthikeyan only started 24th and last twice (in Bahrain and Canada) due to other drivers picking up grid penalties. In China Karthikeyan finished 22nd, ahead of Caterham's Heikki Kovalainen. In Bahrain, Karthikeyan finished 21st and was classified ahead of the Williams of Bruno Senna who retired due to brake issues. In Spain Karthikeyan retired for the first race in the same after a wheel nut failure on lap 22 due to a botched pit stop. In Monaco Karthikeyan started 22nd, ahead of Peréz and the penalised Pastor Maldonado and finished the race in 15th, classifed ahead of McLaren's Jenson Button who retired after collison damage with Kovalainen (Karthikeyan also had his race quickest lap within 0.3 secs of Button). In Canada Karthikeyan retired for the second time in the season after suffering a brake failure on lap 22 which made him spin in turn 1 and stop later on in the lap, his team-mate Pedro de la Rosa retire with a similar issue two laps later.

At the European Grand Prix Karthikeyan for the first time in the season qualified 22nd, ahead of the Marussia of Charles Pic, with Timo Glock missing qualifying and the race due to illness. Karthikeyan finished the race in 18th, behind Pic and de la Rosa but classified ahead of Lewis Hamilton who retired after crashing out with two laps remaining. He finished the next 3 races as the final classified finisher before retiring in Hungary due to broken suspension. He qualified last in Belgium, before running as high as 13th during the race, with good pace, before crashing out on lap 30 in broken suspension. He out-qualified his team mate de la Rosa for the first time this year at Monza, but ended up finishing behind him in 19th. He out-qualified him again at Singapore, this time by over a second, but crashed out at turn 16 on lap 30. He qualified in 24th at Suzuka, having crashed in practice and therefore having to use an old-spec chassis floor. He was running ahead of Pic and de la Rosa for quite some time until retiring with vibrations on lap 32.

Other events and races

IRL Test

In 2005, Karthikeyan tested an Indy Racing League (IRL) car for Red Bull Cheever Racing team for the Indianapolis 500 race and was offered half a million US dollars as initial fee, but the deal was not completed.[citation needed]

A1 GP

In 2007 season Karthikeyan also drove for A1 Team India. He made his A1 GP debut in New Zealand and he finished 10th in the sprint race and 7th in the Feature Race.[22]

Karthikeyan won the A1GP of Zhuhai (China) for Team India on 16 December 2007. This was India's first A1GP win.[23] Karthikeyan is also the first to take pole position for India in the A1GP. He got pole in the feature race in Brands Hatch in 2008. Karthikeyan won two feature races in the 2007-2008 season, including the season finale at Brands Hatch starting from pole position. This helped India finish in the top ten, ahead of such as Australia, Brazil, China and Italy.

The 4th season for Team India was disastrous as the team lost its title sponsor, which resulted in severe financial constraints. On 3 May 2009 A1 Team India finished the season with a podium finish in the Sprint Race at Brands Hatch. Karthikeyan qualified the A1 Team India car in 7th place on the starting grid for the race. The Feature Race ended abruptly for Karthikeyan, as he was taken out by the spinning car of A1 Team China in front of him on the first corner of the first lap.[24]

The team finished 12th overall in the 2008-09 season.[25]

The 24 Hours of Le Mans

In the second week of March 2009, Karthikeyan tested for the Kolles Le Mans Team. It was later confirmed that for the 2009 season, he will be partnered by Christijan Albers. Team Kolles - headed by ex-Force India Team Principal Colin Kolles - will be taking part in the championship with two Audi R10 turbo diesel machines. The car boasts a successful racing history with three Le Mans 24h victories and 22 individual race wins to its name. Team Kolles joins the championship for the first time in 2009.[26][27][28]

On 11 May 2009, Karthikeyan finished sixth in his first ever Le Mans series race while driving for the Kolles Audi team in the second round of the 2009 championship held at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium.[29]

On 14 June 2009 Karthikeyan dislocated his shoulder in a fall just before the start of the race. He had come up with strong performances in the practice and the qualifying, and was scheduled to do the opening double stint. At 1:00 am the ACO organisation declared him unsuitable to drive, even though the Audi doctor approved it.[30]

NASCAR

Karthikeyan made his NASCAR debut at Martinsville Speedway on 27 March 2010 driving in the Kroger 250 Camping World Truck Series for Wyler Racing in the #60 Safe Auto Insurance Company Chevrolet Silverado. Qualifying was rained out and the field set by 2009 owner points, putting the first Indian-born driver to compete in NASCAR in the 11th starting spot. After a slow start and coming to grips with driving a race truck and racing on an American oval short track for the first time, Karthikeyan did manage to put in a very respectable effort and finished on the lead lap in 13th place. Karthikeyan went on to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Most Popular Driver Award for the 2010 season which was voted by the fans, becoming the first foreign-born driver to win the award.

Superleague Formula

Narain drove for the PSV team in SLF in 2010. He won the 2nd race at Brands Hatch, Great Britain.

Racing record

Career summary

* Season in progress.

Complete Formula Nippon results

(key)

YearEntrant12345678910DCPoints
2001excite ImpulSUZ
6
MOT
7
MIN
9
FUJ
Ret
SUZ
Ret
SUG
13
FUJ
9
MIN
Ret
MOT
14
SUZ
6
14th2

Complete Formula One results

(key)

YearEntrantChassisEngine1234567891011121314151617181920WDCPoints
2005Jordan Grand PrixJordan EJ15Toyota RVX-05 V10AUS
15
MAL
11
BHR
Ret
SMR
12
ESP
13
MON
Ret
EUR
16
CAN
Ret
USA
4
FRA
15
GBR
Ret
GER
16
HUN
12
TUR
14
ITA
20
18th5
Jordan EJ15BBEL
11
BRA
15
JPN
15
CHN
Ret
2011Hispania Racing F1 TeamHispania F111Cosworth CA2011 V8AUS
DNQ
MAL
Ret
CHN
23
TUR
21
ESP
21
MON
17
CAN
17
EUR
24
GBRGER
TD
HUNBELITASIN
TD
JPN
TD
KOR
TD
IND
17
ABUBRA26th0
2012HRT F1 TeamHRT F112Cosworth CA2012 V8AUS
DNQ
MAL
22
CHN
22
BHR
21
ESP
Ret
MON
15
CAN
Ret
EUR
18
GBR
21
GER
23
HUN
Ret
BEL
Ret
ITA
19
SIN
Ret
JPN
Ret
KOR
20
IND
21
ABU
Ret
USA
BRA
24th*0*

* Season in progress.

Complete A1 Grand Prix results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

YearEntrant12345678910111213141516171819202122DCPoints
2006–07IndiaNED
SPR
NED
FEA
CZE
SPR
CZE
FEA
CHN
SPR
CHN
FEA
MYS
SPR
MYS
FEA
IDN
SPR
IDN
FEA
NZL
SPR

10
NZL
FEA

7
AUS
SPR
AUS
FEA
RSA
SPR

15
RSA
FEA

9
MEX
SPR

11
MEX
FEA

18
CHN
SPR

7
CHN
FEA

17
GBR
SPR

7
GBR
SPR

4
16th13
2007–08NED
SPR

10
NED
FEA

Ret
CZE
SPR

21
CZE
FEA

9
MYS
SPR

11
MYS
FEA

6
CHN
SPR

7
CHN
FEA

1
NZL
SPR

10
NZL
FEA

Ret
AUS
SPR

11
AUS
FEA

11
RSA
SPR
RSA
FEA
MEX
SPR

13
MEX
FEA

9
CHN
SPR

5
CHN
FEA

7
GBR
SPR

5
GBR
FEA

1
10th61
2008–09NED
SPR
NED
FEA
CHN
SPR

10
CHN
FEA

10
MYS
SPR

Ret
MYS
FEA

Ret
NZL
SPR

9
NZL
FEA

7
RSA
SPR

6
RSA
FEA

12
POR
SPR

6
POR
FEA

11
GBR
SPR

2
GBR
FEA

Ret
12th19

Superleague Formula

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

YearTeamOperator123456789101112PositionPoints
2010PSV EindhovenRacing for HollandSIL
ASS
MAG
JAR
NÜR
ZOL
BRH
ADR
POR
ORD
BEI
NAV
16th288
1215X139X1115X1316X1014X181X

24 Hours of Le Mans results

YearClassNoTyresCarTeamCo-DriversLapsPos.Class
Pos.
2009LMP114MAudi R10 TDI
Audi TDI 5.5L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
Germany KollesNetherlands Charles Zwolsman, Jr.
Germany André Lotterer
3697th7th

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