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Narain's helmet hungama

 

Quick, breath-taken update: Narain Karthikeyan has officially secured the drive for the Jordan team in the 2005 formula One season. Will keep you updated on the developments. Your F1 dreams are coming true, dude!

 

Narain Karthikeyan unveils Jordan Toyota Midland (!!) F1 car in Moscow's Red Square Update 6 - 25/2/2005

Narain's helmet gets a ban from the Indian govt Update 5 - 25/2/2005

It seems that according to the home ministry's interpretation of the Indian flag code, wearing representations of the Indian tricolour on helments of sportsmen - be it Sachin Tendulkar or Narain Karthikeyan - is an offence.

Narain Karthikeyan has expressed his displeasure and said that it was a matter of pride for him to have the tricolour on his helmet, but if the government wants him to, he would be happy to sell the space to a sponsor and make some money. We applaud the sentiment, and fervently hope for a new generation of politicos and bureaucrats so our F1 drivers and other sportsmen can wear their country's colours just like the sportsmen of other countries. 

Narain karthikeyan and Tiago Monteiro complete their test drives in Silverstone and Barcelona Update 4 - 20/2/2005

The testing is over. Both Narain Karthikeyan and Tiago Monteiro have received their F1 superlicenses. The car, the Toyota powered EJ-15 is an evolution of last year's car. As expected, the car has been slower than most of the others testing. But Narain Karthikeyan's timing showed a steady improvement - making one wish that things woud have been different if he was in a more powerful and superior F1 car. Narain himself has been careful not to raise expectations, and has repeatedly stressed that completing races and finishing, as well as picking up any points that may come his way is the best he can hope for.

Narain takes Toyota EJ-15 out for historic first drive  Update 3 - 10/2/2005

Yesterday at Silverstone, Narain Karthikeyan made history just by being the first Indian to officially test a Formula One car. His drive went smoothly, and he completed 23 laps yesterday. Narain's helmet featured the Indian tro-colour for the first time on a Formula One helmet, and the logos of Tata Motors and Speed. No official timings were issued as the drivers Narain and Tiago Monteiro were not pushing the cars to their limits. Narain will be driving the Jordan car today also at Silverstone track.

Jordan makes official announcement Update 2

 It seems Red Bull thinks that Narain Karthikeyan and Tiago Monteiro - two F1 rookies - in the Jordan team is a recipe for failure.

The Red Bull team has David Coulthard, a Formula One veteran of ten years. We don't know. The Red Bull team could just be playing mindgames here - or may be they just want to think aloud. But as two teams not too far apart in performance, one wonders: Will we see a David Coulthard-Narain Karthikeyan battle? We can hardly wait!

Right now, Narain is in the UK at Silverstone, training and testing.

Jordan makes official announcement Update 1

3 Feb 2005: It's official. Narain Karthikeyan will drive for Jordan Grand Prix in the 2005 Formula One world championship after finalising the deal in London on Thursday.

Jordan GP, recently taken over by Russia-born Canadian business tycoon Alexander Schnaider announced the signing of the 28-year old Indian and Tiago Monteiro of Portugal as its race drivers for the season.

Announcing the deal, Trevor Carlin, Jordan's Sporting Director, said, "I know Narain very well because he drove for me in 1998 in Formula 3 and I have run him in various formulas every year since then. We've won a lot of races together.

"He's very competitive, a super-quick driver, sometimes a little bit raw and wild in his style but he is a proven race winner and I am confident that in our environment he will thrive. He's ready for F1 now I think he'll do a good job for us." 

Team Jordan says on their website making the official announcement, "Karthikeyan’s signing marks the entry of the first ever Indian driver to the top echelons of motorsport, giving Formula One exceptional appeal in India with the potential for an enormous new audience and business market associated with a national racing hero known as "the fastest Indian on wheels".

1 Feb 2005: After several years of hopes and disappointments, the flying Indian makes it into Formula One. 

Karthikeyan has tested for Jaguar, Jordan and Minardi in the past.

The offer also involved a request for several million in sponsor cash, which Narain is hopeful his sponsors will be able to provide.

As of now, reports are not certain about whether Narain has actually secured the drive for Jordan or not. While several news outlets are reporting that Narain Karthikeyan is close to securing the drive, Reuters reports that he has secured the drive for the Jordan F1 team.

Initiated into the world of racing by his father, G.R. Karthikeyan, a former Indian National Rally Champion, Narain cut his teeth in the racing world by joining the ELF Winfield Racing School in France. This racing school has produced champion drivers like Alain Prost and Damon Hill. His talent was evident from his performances there. He was one of the finalists in the Pilote Elf Competition for Formula Renault cars. This was in 1992. Narain was just fifteen.

From then on there has been no looking back. Narain is supposed to be exceptionally well at driving in wet conditions. 

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Born: January 14, 1977, Madras

Son of G.R. Karthikeyan, a former Indian rally champion

1996 - Formula Asia champion, first Indian to win the title

1997 - Sixth overall in British Formula Opel Championship, including first place from pole at Donington Park

1998 - Two third-place finishes out of eight Formula Three races, at Spa-Francorchamps and Silverstone.

1999 - Sixth overall in British Formula Three championship with five podium finishes and two wins at Brands Hatch.

2000 - Fourth on Formula Three circuit, winning races at Spa and in the Korea F3 Super Prix.

2001 - Test drives for Jaguar, becoming first Indian to drive a Formula One car. Also test-drives for Jordan.

2003 - Test drives for Minardi, gets an offer to drive in the Formula One season but misses out after failing to raise the huge sum of money needed to secure the offer.

2004 - Wins two races in the 2004 Nissan World Series

2005 - Secures drive with Jordan for the 2005 season.

   

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