Narain Karthikeyan joins a long queue of F1 drivers trying to stay on the F1 grid

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 hoped to remain with HRT in 2013, but the team's closure has put paid to that“As a team, we have been making progress, and the design for the 2013 car is reasonably competitive. I was quite sure of everything being in place, and thus there was no Plan B.”

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.

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.