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Karthikeyan secures Williams test seat 27 Jan 2006

Narain Karthikeyan (IND) tests for Williams. Formula One Testing, Jerez, Spain, 7-10 December 2005. World ©  Patching/Sutton

Williams have confirmed Narain Karthikeyan as their fourth driver for the 2006 season. Karthikeyan, who lost his race seat with Jordan at the end of last season, will assist Mark Webber, Nico Rosberg and third driver Alex Wurz with development of the new FW28, due for official launch on Friday afternoon.

Karthikeyan, dubbed ‘the fastest Indian in the world’ by the press, first tested for Williams last December in Jerez and immediately impressed the team with his skill and capability in the car.

“Narain’s brief period in the car in December, during which he provided valuable feedback, made a very distinct impression on our engineers,” said Frank Williams. “Having a year’s GP racing and testing to his credit is also advantageous for us so I am pleased we can now formally confirm his appointment to the team.”

For his part, Karthikeyan commented: “It has taken some while to resolve what I would be doing for 2006, but having tested for Williams late last year, joining the team was the best option for me and I am delighted that we can finally confirm this today. I am looking forward to testing the FW28 and making a contribution to Williams’ competitiveness this season.”

Karthikeyan scored five points last season, all at the US Grand Prix.