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Karthikeyan to race in India for HRT 17 Sep 2011

Narain Karthikeyan (IND) HRT Formula 1 Team.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Preparations, Budapest, Hungary, Thursday, 28 July 2011 Narain Karthikeyan (IND) HRT Formula One Team F111 Reserve Driver.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, German Grand Prix, Practice Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Friday, 22 July 2011 Narain Karthikeyan (IND) HRT Formula One Team F111 Reserve Driver.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, German Grand Prix, Practice Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Friday, 22 July 2011

HRT have announced that Narain Karthikeyan will compete in his inaugural home race, the 2011 Formula 1 Airtel Grand Prix of India, next month. It will be Karthikeyan’s first race drive for the team since standing aside for Daniel Ricciardo following June’s European round.

In preparation for his return, Karthikeyan will also be back in the cockpit during Friday’s first practice session at next weekend’s 2011 Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

"Of course it's a great feeling to be driving on a Grand Prix weekend once again, and on the subject of my home Grand Prix of India, the team had assured me that I'd be driving when I stepped out of my seat after the European GP,” said Karthikeyan.

“The Singapore circuit will definitely be a challenge as it is new to me so I'll have to get to grips with it fairly quickly. From what I know, it is a very demanding race physically, not only because of the temperatures and humidity but also being a high-speed street circuit it is extremely bumpy.

“Like any other street circuit, grip builds up through the weekend and car-setup will have to be constantly evolved to get the best out of it. Overall, it is a great place to return to race proceedings, and will go a long way to get me back in the rhythm for the Indian GP.”

HRT team principal Colin Kolles added: “It is great to have Narain back in the car as it will give him critical seat time before he drives at the Indian GP. He is the best driver to come out of the region and is undoubtedly extremely talented as he has proved through his progress this season.”

India’s first Grand Prix takes place at the all-new Buddh International Circuit near New Delhi on October 28-30.

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