With the almost certain demise of the HRTF1 Team, Narain Karthikeyan once again finds himself jostling with a host of drivers for the handful of remaining slots on the 2013 grid.
India’s first Formula 1 driver was banking on staying on the grid with the struggling Spanish outfit next year, and now that those plans appear dashed, he concedes that he has little hope of remaining in the championship next year.
“The plan for me was to stay with HRT for 2013, as it was looking good all along,” he was quoted as saying by SPEED.
Karthikeyan had a long time between drinks, as far as his F1 career is concerned, reigniting his F1 career in 2011 after a five-year absence, during which time he raced in a host of championships, including the A1GP, NASCAR Trucks and the SuperLeague championships.
One factor in the Madras-born driver’s favour is the long-time financial support he has enjoyed from India’s Tata Corporation conglomerate, which recently signed on to become the official communications partner of the Formula 1 group.
If the company is prepared to open its chequebook once again, then that could prove a lifeline for Karthikeyan’s 2013 prospects, wherever they may lie.