Ignoring pretty much everything that has gone before, lets get this straight. Karthikeyan is in F1 because he has dollars dollars dollars, getting him off the grid is a good thing. He’s not particularly talented, he’s never going to drive for a big team, or indeed any team above HRT, it’s unlikley he’ll be a great loss comparative to say, the experiance of Luizzi.
If this moves brings money to HRT it’s great for the team, if Ricciardo is then moved up, they be able to sell the seat for more money, effectivley profiting three times. Ricciardo appears to have potential, of a certain level, he deserves his chance and he’ll impress in the same way every new driver at the back of the grid has done since to birth of the sport, beat his team mate. If he does beat Luizzi, people will sit up.
Thouroughly pleased by this news, one driver closer to claiming that we really do have the best drivers in the world.