Narain Karthikeyan, HRT, Suzuka, 2011

Karthikeyan to drive again in Korea practice

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: Narain Karthikeyan will drive Vitantonio Liuzzi’s car in the first practice session in Korea.


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“HRT will run Narain Karthikeyan in first practice in Korea again in place of Vitantonio Liuzzi. Still no word on who he’ll replace in India.”

Worthy of a World Champion? (MotorSport)

“I do not want to see Vettel driving like this in years to come. He doesn?t need to. I believe that Michael Schumacher’s quite exceptional achievements as a Grand Prix driver will always be tainted by his occasionally forcing others off the road.”

Pitstop set up adjustments during the race (ScarbsF1)

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Adrian Sutil: ??I was always stuck behind another car?? (Force India)

“I think we could gave scored points with let?s say a cleaner race, and definitely without the safety car.”

David Coulthard: Sebastian Vettel is a worthy double champion (The Daily Telegraph)

“Let?s not forget that Michael [Schumacher] was clearly the number one driver at Ferrari; everything was geared towards him. Often his team mates simply drove for him. Whatever people may say about Red Bull and their perceived favouritism towards [Sebastian] Vettel, not many would question that the Australian receives equal treatment and equal opportunity.”

Whitmarsh: Rethink needed over mirrors (Autosport)

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Takeshi Nakamura spotted himself in the 2011 Japanese Grand Prix qualifying pictures gallery:

“Vamos beber” is Portguese, and means “let?s drink!” in English.

I?m in this photo. The guy with the bottle is me!

Last weekend was very fantastic!
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On this day in F1

Gerhard Berger scored his maiden F1 victory in the Mexican Grand Prix 25 years ago today.

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