Narain Karthikeyan to practice in Singapore and race in India

Indian driver will return for Friday practice at next week's Singapore GP and will race in India next month

By Gareth Llewellyn
Narain Karthikeyan
Narain Karthikeyan will feature in first practice for the Singapore GP Photo: Courtesy of HRT

Narain Karthikeyan

Narain Karthikeyan will return to Formula 1 action at next month’s inaugural Indian Grand Prix, Hispania have confirmed.

The 34-year-old will also feature in the first practice session at the Singapore Grand Prix next week as he gets back up to speed ahead of his return to the cockpit after being dropped by the Spanish team after the European GP.

Karthikeyan said: “It’s a great feeling to be driving on a Grand Prix weekend once again, and on the subject of my home Grand Prix of India, the team had assured me that I’d be driving when I stepped out of my seat after the European GP.”

The Indian was replaced by Red Bull-backed youngster Daniel Ricciardo from Silverstone onwards, but Karthikeyan was always expected to return for his home race.

His last outing for the team was in free practice ahead of July’s German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring, and the former Jordan driver will experience a night race for the first time at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

“The Singapore circuit will definitely be a challenge as it is new to me so I’ll have to get to grips with it fairly quickly,” he continued.

“From what I know, it is a very demanding race physically, not only because of the temperatures and humidity but also being a high-speed street circuit it is extremely bumpy.

“Like any other street circuit, grip builds up through the weekend and car-setup will have to be constantly evolved to get the best out of it.

“Overall, it is a great place to return to race proceedings, and will go a long way to get me back in the rhythm for the Indian GP.”

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