As predicted, Narain Karthikeyan will make his return to the HRT F111 cockpit in front of his home crowd at the October’s inaugural Indian Grand Prix, with the team also confirming that he will have a Friday practice outing at next weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix.
The 34-year-old was dropped from the Spanish team’s line-up ahead of the British Grand Prix in July, with the team replacing him with Red Bull protege Daniel Ricciardo.
It was widely expected that Karthikeyan would be back behind the wheel when the F1 circus hit New Delhi, and this became something of an assumption when he secured sponsorship backing from the Indian-based Hero Motors group to race at the event.
“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,” Karthikeyan is quoted as saying in a team media release.
“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,” added team boss Colin Kolles.
“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.”
The “best driver of the region”? He was so good that he was dumped for five races?