Monday, May 19, 2008

Karthikeyan hopes to ride A1GP back to F1

Indian driver Kakarla Kumar Ram Narain Karthikeyan intends to stay with the A1 GP series next year but hasn't given up on a
Formula-1 comeback.

"I'll continue doing A1 but I want to have another crack at F1," he said.

Karthikeyan joined the then Jordan team in 2005 to became India's first F1 driver. He won two A1GP race in the season that has just finished and is hoping India's growing corporate interestin motor racing will grease his return to F1.

"If you do well in A1GP, somebody is bound to notice," said the 31-year-old. "I have backing from the right companies in India and, unlike other countries, there are not many drivers here trying to get into F1."

Indian billionaire Vijay Mallya bought into the Spyker F1 team in 2007 and renamed it Force India and that country will have its first F1 GP in 2010. A1 organisers want two races there.

Karthikeyan, who raced for the Jordan team in 2005 and was a tester for Williams for two seasons, said he was in the right place at the right time with Ferrari designing A1's cars and engines for the coming next season.

"With Ferrari coming into A1, it gives it that much more credibility," he said. "It'll practically be an F1 car, with carbon brakes, better tyres, more downforce."In A1 you go to every meeting with a chance to win. In F1, unless you are in the top three teams, it's very, very difficult."
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