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.”

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25 comments on “Karthikeyan to drive again in Korea practice”

  1. Like the helmet cam in Lucas di Grassis test run- makes it mcuh more fun to watch….and I can see whats in the wing mirrors too, don’t seem to vibrate too badly at all….hmmmm

    1. I think Lewis is not the only who, sometimes, can´t see another driver in his blind spot:

    2. Especially the eye level camera is really nice, to get a feeling of what the driver is actually seeing and looking at.

  2. McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh believes Formula 1 chiefs may need to look into the rules regarding mirror dimension, following the latest clash between Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa.

    I’m not sure I like that Whitmarsh wants to make this a ‘teams’ issue considering only one of his drivers seems to have a problem with the mirrors, let alone the rest of the field. Haven’t the dimensions of the mirrors remained pretty much unchanged for several years now? I don’t think they’re any different to the ones on Lewis’ 2008 title winning MP4/23.

    1. I think the dimensions and the mountings of the mirrors were change ahead of last year’s Chinese Grand Prix. Teams were treating them as aerodynamics aids first, and rear-view mirrors second. The FIA changed the regulations to fix the mirrors to the survival cell when teams had been placing them out on the vertical fins in front of the sidepods.

    2. Well both his drivers did have issues with mirrors, Hamilton couldn’t see Massa and Button couldn’t be seen by Vettel ;)

      1. Seriously, Button didn’t see Hamilton in Canada.

  3. “HRT will run Narain Karthikeyan in first practice in Korea again in place of Vitantonio Liuzzi.”

    I think that’s a mistake – the teams know comparatively little about Korea, given last year’s washout. Liuzzi will need just as much track time as Daniel Ricciardo. More, since he’s the more-exerienced driver.

    1. Guess its Ricciardo (Red Bull) paying more for the seat.

  4. The insight about the rear wing gurney flap is great. Never knew it was holding together with the help of a tape :-)

  5. Karthikeyan to drive again in Korea practice

    Why does he bother. I dont see what satisfaction he gets out of driving and finishing last.

    1. It’s to get him reacquainted with the car ahead of the Indian Grand Prix.

      1. Exactly, looks like HRT and Narains sponsors want to get as good a chance of a solid race performance once they get to India as is possible.

        It makes a lot of sense to me.

  6. Having fun with Photoshop and Bernie’s Japanese puppet:


    1. @becken-lima Oh how very cynical of you! ;)

  7. I didn’t realise it was only 4 weeks until the Abu Dhabi GP…keep an eye out for me in the stands!

    1. Hope to see you on some of the pictures as well!

    2. If you run naked onto the track you’d get spotted for sure! (and arrested), but I’m not condoning that type of behavior.

  8. Happy birthday to F1abw, enjoy a nice day.

  9. Those helmet cam and eye level cams are amazing. I really hope we see something like that in F1 soon as it makes you far more involved. They did something like that for the GP2 race at Monza and that went down really well.

    I know people have said it before but FOM really need to come up with better race feeds as these static cameras are becoming more and more old fashioned.

  10. the Australian receives equal treatment and equal opportunity

    I don’t disagree that Vettel is a worthy WDC, but this is (as we’ve seen, “Maintain the gap”) only true when it suits. Although most of it is ofcourse down to Webbers (lack of) form.

    1. Agreed. Although I think the car was “built around” Vettel, I still believe Mark should at least bagged a couple wins.

  11. Karthikeyan to drive again in Korea practice


    1. @dev At least Ricciardo can put his feet up for the practice sessions.

  12. I definitely agree with the Vettel article. I have seen him do questionable moves under pressure many times in the past, I hope thats just a bit of panicking instead of intentional moves.

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