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Narain Karthikeyan


Narain Karthikeyan

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 Racing Career
 
2007 F1 World Championship
  Narain Karthikeyan retains as a Test driver with Williams F1.
Karthikeyan also participating in A1GP,the worldcup of Motor sports.
2006 F1 World Championship
  Narain Karthikeyan joins Williams F1 – 9 time World Champions as their Test driver.
2005 F1 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
  The year 2005 heralded a new history in Indian Motor sports. Narain Karthikeyan made an impressive F1 debut for team Jordan F1 at Melbourne on the 6th of March being placed 12th on the grid with rain making the qualifying a great one.
  Narain impressed the world with a great drive till the end to finish a creditable 15th place best for a rookie that day.
  The second race at Malaysia saw Narain in his elements to finish at 11th the best of his season after he had qualified at 17th on the grid.
  At Bahrain, Narain had a great qualifying in front of a hometown population crowd and unfortunately was unlucky to abort the race due to an electrical failure.
  At San Marino he started 16th and ended up at 12th on the time sheets. Barcelona saw him qualify at 13th and ending up at the same 13th in the race.
  Monaco was a new circuit and a challenging one but he had to retire following a crash. In the European GP which followed Narain finished at 16th.
  In the American continent, he was unlucky at Canada and had to retire, and a week later he was into points finishing fourth at US GP.
  The European journey of F1 saw him qualify at 17th and finishing at 15th at France, and retiring at Silverstone the next weekend due to a mechanical failure.
  At Germany he finished 16th and at Hungary he finished up at 12th. At the Turkish inaugural GP he finished the race at 14th place and at Italy he finished 20th. Then at Belgium he finished 11th.
  At Brazil he completed at 15th and at Japan he set the fastest in the timesheets and was qualified at 11th the best qualifying for the team and finished 15th. The last race saw some incredible pace from Narain before he met with an enormous crash and retired.
  A great new dawn in the history of Indian motor sports. A real pace setter with the team, Narain as the first Indian F1 driver also marked the final season of Jordan as a Team in F1 going into history books.
  Official F1 results at this URL: http://www.formula1.com/archive/driver/detail/2005/805/108.html
2004 WORLD SERIES BY NISSAN
  Raced at the World Series by Nissan and had a successful outing for the year signing off in splendid style.
  Won both the races at Valencia, Spain the 8th round of World Series by Nissan. He finished on top of the podium in the first race and second in the second race.
  Earlier he took the win at Magny Cours, one of the toughest F1 venues in May.
  World Series by Nissan is considered only next to Formula One. It is from these races that lots of new contenders arrive at the grid on F1.
  He also competed against some of the best drivers in the world, some former F1 drivers and some test drivers for the F1 teams.
2003 SUPER FUND WORLD SERIES
  Finished fourth in the championship series with 5 podium finishes, having competed with 22 best drivers in the world representing 11 nations, some of them Ex-Formula 1 drivers and current Formula 1 test drivers.
  Solid finishes and a fourth place in the championship earned him a Test drive with the Formula 1 team Minardi.
2002 TELEFONICA WORLD SERIES
  Finished the year as one of the fastest drivers in the highly competitive Telefonica World Series. He claimed one pole position and set a fastest time ever in the Interlagos circuit (other than F1).
2001 FORMULA ONE-TEST DRIVES
  2001 was a watershed year for Narain. He got behind the wheels of a Jaguar R1 car on June 14, thus becoming the first Indian to test a Formula One car. Impressed with his performance, he was asked to test drive the Benson & Hedges Jordan Honda EJ 11. Both test drives were at Silverstone, home of the British racing industry. Awed by his performance in the first test, Narain was asked to test for the second time with the Jordan time at the Mugello circuit in Italy.
2001 FORMULA NIPPON CHAMPIONSHIP F3000
  Narain was one of the top rookie finishers at Japan’s premier event, Formula Nippon. Other racing greats who participated in this include Michael Schumacher, Damon Hill, etc.
2000 FORMULA 3 CHAMPIONSHIP CLASS*
  2000 saw Narain build upon his experience for the big league of racing. Continuing his drive in the British F3 championship for the year 200, he ranked fourth place overall. He was on a roll for most of the season, a lap record and a finish form pole at Macau grand Prix. Narain went into history books and emulated his idol the great late Ayton Senna of Brazil and also many other current Formula 1 drivers like Michael Schumacher, David Coulthard etc., by winning the International F3 race at the Spa, Belgium and a world beating victory in Korean F3 Super Prix.
1999 FORMULA 3 CHAMPIONSHIP CLASS*
  Driving in the Autosport British Formula 3 championship, Narain took to the podium five times. A few important highlights of that season were: Narain wining the Brands Hatch Race twice (considered one of the most difficult racing circuits). He also had two pole positions and 3 fastest laps and 2 lap records. Finished sixth in the championship among 30 drivers from over 5 countries. The same year, Narain also qualified in the sixth and finished the second leg of the Macao grand Prix I the 6th place.
1996 FORMULA ASIA CHAMPION
  1996 saw him win the Formula Asia championship with a host of records and first in his kitty. He now was the only Asian and also the only Indian to win Formula Asia International series.
1994 FORMULA 4 CHAMPIONSHIP CLASS
  Narain joins the Formula Ford Zetec. He became the first Indian to win the British Formula Ford Winter Series, one of his many first. In the support race to the Portuguese Grand Prix held at Estoril, he was on podium celebrating.

                                              

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Narain Karthikeyan
14 January 1977 on Chennai
Married
Jordan
170 cm
62 Kg

Narain Karthikeyan, India’s first Formula One driver, was born in Coimbatore, Tamilnadu on January 14, 1977. Karthikeyan got hooked on to car-racing early on in life. His father and uncles were former Indian national rally champions. He went to the Elf Winfield Racing School in France to hone his skills. He competed in the Formula Vauxhall Junior Championship in Great Britain, which gave him valuable experience. In 1994, he went back to the U.K. and participated in the Formula Ford Zetec. He participated in the British Formula Ford Winter Series, becoming the first Indian to win any championship in Europe.

In 1995, he moved on to the Formula Asia Championship and in 1996, became the first Indian and the first Asian to win the Formula Asia International series. The year 1998 saw Karthikeyan making his debut in the British Formula Three Championship. In the British F3 Championship in 2000, he finished 4th overall besides taking pole position and fastest laps in the Macau Grand Prix. In 2001, he participated in the Formula Nippon F3000 Championship and ended the year placed among the top ten. He became the first Indian to ever drive an F1 car for the Jaguar Racing team at Silverstone. He took a test drive in the Jordan-Honda EJ11 at Silverstone

He continued with the Nissan World Series in 2004 and notched up many podium finishes. He became India’s first Formula One racing driver when he joined the Jordan Formula One team for the 2005 Formula One season. In January 2006, Williams confirmed Narain as their fourth driver and he has been retained as a test driver for Williams in 2007.

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One Response to “Narain Karthikeyan”

  1. suyog said

    hi…naren…i jst want to join formula1 racing…jst guide me…..i hav no idea abt it..

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