3rd Feb, 2012, New Delhi: Hispania Racing team have confirmed Indian driver Narain Karthikeyan for the 2012 Formula 1 season. “Hello tweeps, long time no see! Continuing with HRT for the 2012 season. Should be fun…” tweeted Narain.
In a quite unexpected announcement, HRT have declared Karthikeyan’s name as Pedro de la Rosa’s partner, for the upcoming season, over Vitaly Petrov and Tonio Liuzzi. It means that this Spanish formula 1 team, this season, will be racing with the oldest drivers with de la Rosa (40) and Karthikeyan (35).
India’s first Formula 1 driver Karthikeyan made his debut in this game with Jordan in 2005 and last season he drove with Hispania Racing in nine races including the inaugural Indian Grand Prix.
Narain Karthikeyan told that it has taken a lot of hard work to make this happen but he is utterly elated to feature on the 2012 grid with HRT F1 Team. He was pleased with their strong performance at the Indian Grand Prix, in front of the passionate home fans and he is looking forward to build on this result in 2012 season. He has been training hard since the end of last season, ensuring he was ready for the rigours of F1 if an opportunity comes out. He is delighted to have signed with HRT.
“With the new management, Pedro, and the team, there is definite potential for progress.” said Narain.