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Saturday, January 20, 2007
Narain Karthikeyan in A1GP: sets second fastest time in practice
Now this is interesting. Team India was down in the dumps for pretty much the most part of two years now in A1GP. We had Arman Ibrahim and Karun Chandok trying their best, and it was not enough. The team itself had trouble galore, and I think they did not even participate in several A1GP races.

Now, yesterday, Narain Karthikeyan, India's first F1 driver (for Jordan) and currently a Williams test driver, drove an A1GP car in practice. And he set the second fastest time - something that has never happened with the Indian A1GP team before! Goes to show that F1 experience counts bigtime. Also, the driver who managed the first position too is someone with F1 experience. I forget his name though.

Does this mean that India has a chance in A1GP? Don't read much into the practice times, cautions Karthikeyan. That was a good day, and during the sprint race and feature races, anything can happen.
Narain Karthikeyan said, “The A1GP car requires a completely different driving style to an F1 car. The gearbox, the braking, the tyres, it’s all very different to F1, so it’s like going into a completely different category. I suppose today was a good start, I’ve only had two sessions in the car, and there is still a lot to do. We’ll have to see what changes we can make. It would be great to get into the points and give India a head start.”
I have been quite pissed off with A1 GP for two years now. Actually it started in the beginning, when we were all waiting for the race that will be more exciting than Formula One - and we ended up with a confusing system of qualifying and racing, cars that most of the time looked like a big gaggle of geese, bad commentary and horrible TV coverage and production quality. Everything was bad. I thought Formula One coverage was bad, often focusing on the boring frontrunner while missing serious action behind -- but here this was more like Indian street traffic. The viewing angles and in-camera shots were as unexciting as it can get. I gave up hope on it pretty soon. Tomorrow, I will make it a point to watch the race and see what happens. Hopefully, the TV coverage has improved.
posted by a correspondent @ 1:13 AM    
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