Karthikeyan admits hopes raised for return

Mon, 3 September 2007, 09:06

Arguably the happiest driver on F1’s sidelines at present is Narain Karthikeyan.

As the only Indian with a current formula one superlicense, the 31-year-old is perfectly poised to take advantage of the newfangled team ownership of his billionaire countryman Dr Vijay Mallya.

31-year-old Karthikeyan, who lost his Jordan race seat after a single season in 2005, could be set to return to the Silverstone based team in 2008 when it is probably renamed ‘Team India’.

“It is fantastic to have an Indian controlling a team in formula one,” he said.

“Mallya’s brand Kingfisher has also consistently supported me during my career.”

Karthikeyan also told The Asian Age that a new opportunity at Williams, where he is currently an occasional test driver, could crop up next year.

“I am in talks to find out the nature of my job for the next season,” he said, referring to the Grove based team that is run by Sir Frank Williams.

“The chances are bright at the team since one of the drivers is struggling to rope in necessary sponsors. But I have kept my options open and am looking for a better choice.”

23-year-old GP2 driver Karun Chandhok was the other prominent Indian mentioned by Mallya since Spyker sold the team.

He said: “I would like to carry (on) my plan of doing one more year of GP2, but it goes without saying that I will be delighted with any formula one testing opportunity that might present itself.”

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