Former Formula One driver Narain Karthikeyan said in an interview that he is satisfied with what he has achieved and where he is today.
“I am quite satisfied, and have very few regrets. Nothing came easy, especially in motorsport as there was absolutely no awareness in India when I started out. Whatever I have achieved, it has been because of my hard work and nothing else. No one handed out any favours, and being a coloured driver racing in UK and Europe during my early days was more difficult than you’d think in modern times,” he said.
Talking about his most regretful incident, he said:”The only thing I am somewhat sorry about is crashing out of the Macau Formula 3 GP in 2000, after starting on pole and leading the race by several seconds. I was the fastest driver all weekend, and but for that crash I would have made it to the F1 grid much before than I finally did in 2005.”
Karthikeyan, who entered the F1 scene in 2005 when he debuted as a race driver for Toyota-Jordan, last raced for Hispania Racing Team in 2012. The Indian had to bid goodbye to F1 after HRT withdrew from the sport.
Talking about his current racing stint in Auto GP, where he drives for Super Nova, Karthikeyan said: “The format is more of a sprint and we have only a single pit-stop and the races aren’t too long. But unlike F1 where you are usually in a race of your own after the first pit-stop, especially in my situation at HRT where we had no one to race with, the AutoGP races are on the limit from start to the flag.”
Karthikeyan has managed to score 96 points so far and is currently fourth in the Drivers’ Championship. When asked about his future in the sport, he said he is concentrating on his current season and not thinking about the future at the moment.
“This year, I am fully concentrating on finishing the AutoGP World Series, and hopefully winning the Championship despite the bout of bad luck we had in the first three races,” he added.
source: NDTVPublished 22 Jul 2013, 22:37 IST