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Kumar Ram Narain Karthikeyan (Tamil: குமார் ராம் நாராயண் கார்த்திகேயன்) (born 14 January 1977, in Madras (now Chennai), Tamil Nadu, India) is an Indian Formula One driver who last drove for the HRT F1 team in 2012. It was his second season with the team, having driven for them in 2011. He previously drove for Jordan, and has tested for Williams.

Karthikeyan was the very first Indian driver in Formula One. Karun Chandhok is the only other Indian driver to have raced in F1.

Formula One HistoryEdit

He made his début in 2005 for Jordan Grand Prix, becoming the first Indian driver in Formula One. Karthikeyan scored his only F1 points at the infamous 2005 United States Grand Prix, where he came fourth in a field of six cars. When the team became Midland, Karthikeyan was dropped from the team.

He then became a test driver for Williams, staying at the team throughout the 2006 and 2007 seasons. After this, he drove in A1GP, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the European Le Mans Series, and Superleague Formula.

Karthikeyan made a surprise return to F1 in 2011, driving for the HRT F1 Team. Unfortuanately for Karthikeyan, he has twice set the record for lowest placed finisher in F1 history, 23rd at the Chinese Grand Prix and 24th at the European Grand Prix. His strongest race was the Canadian Grand Prix, where he originally came 14th, but received a 20-second penalty for cutting a chichane and gaining an advantage and was classified 17th. He was replaced by Daniel Ricciardo after the European GP. He made a return at the first Indian Grand Prix as a replacement to Vitantonio Luizzi. Karthikeyan finished 17th, beating Ricciardo and Jarno Trulli.

Karthikeyan 2012 Canada

Kartikeyan at the 2012 Canadian Grand Prix, where he retired with brake failure.

In 2012, he signed for the HRT team again. At the Malaysian Grand Prix, he had an eventful race, reaching points-paying positions before a collision with Jenson Button pushed him back to the rear end of the field. Then, at the end of race, he collided with Sebastian Vettel while being lapped. Vettel was forced to pit and did not score. Karthikeyan received a 20-second post-race penalty for the incident. Karthikeyan secured his best result of the season in Monaco, finishing in 15th place. Later in the season, Karthikeyan was involved in a major accident with Nico Rosberg at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but neither driver was hurt. At the United States Grand Prix, Karthikeyan held up leader Vettel, and as a result Vettel was passed by Lewis Hamilton.

After HRT entered liquidation after the 2012 season, Karthikeyan raced in the Auto GP series in 2013, and since 2014 he currently races in the Japanese Super Formula series.

Formula One Record and StatisticsEdit

F1 Career RecordEdit

Year Entrant Team Pts WDC Pos. Report
2005 Jordan Grand Prix Jordan-Toyota 5 18th Report
2006 WilliamsF1 Team Williams-Cosworth Test driver
2007 AT&T Williams Williams-Toyota Test driver
2011 Hispania Racing F1 Team HRT-Cosworth 0 26th Report
2012 HRT F1 Team HRT-Cosworth 0 24th Report

StatisticsEdit

Correct as of the 2012 Korean Grand Prix

Entries 48
Starts 46
Pole Positions 0
Front Row Starts 0
Race Wins 0
Podiums 0
Fastest laps 0
Points 5
Laps Raced 2056
Distance Raced 10228.823 km
Races Led 0
Laps Led 0
Distance Led 0 km
Doubles 0
Hat-Tricks 0

Career ResultsEdit

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pts Pos
2005 Flag of Australia Flag of Malaysia Flag of Bahrain Flag of San Marino Flag of Spain Flag of Monaco Flag of Europe Flag of Canada Flag of the United States Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Turkey Flag of Italy Flag of Belgium Flag of Brazil Flag of Japan Flag of China 5 18th
15th 11th Ret 12th 13th Ret 16th Ret 4th 15th Ret 16th 12th 14th 20th 11th 15th 15th Ret
20062010: Did not compete
2011 Flag of Bahrain Flag of Australia Flag of Malaysia Flag of China Flag of Turkey Flag of Spain Flag of Monaco Flag of Canada Flag of Europe Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Singapore Flag of Japan Flag of South Korea Flag of India Flag of the United Arab Emirates Flag of Brazil 0 26th
C DNQ Ret 23rd 21st 21st 17th 17th 24th 17th
2012 Flag of Australia Flag of Malaysia Flag of China Flag of Bahrain Flag of Spain Flag of Monaco Flag of Canada Flag of Europe Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Singapore Flag of Japan Flag of South Korea Flag of India Flag of the United Arab Emirates Flag of the United States Flag of Brazil 0 24th
DNQ 22nd 22nd 21nd Ret 15th Ret 18th 21st 23rd Ret Ret 19th Ret Ret 20th 21st Ret 22nd 18th


Key
Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1stWinner Ret Retired
2ndPodium finish DSQ Disqualified
3rd DNQ Did not qualify
5thPoints finish DNPQ Did not pre-qualify
14thNon-points finish TD Test driver
NCNon-classified finish (<90% race distance) DNS Did not start
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NotesEdit


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2011 Teams and Drivers
Teams Red Bull • McLaren • Ferrari • Mercedes • Renault • Williams • Force India • Sauber • Toro Rosso • Lotus • HRT • Virgin
Engines Renault • Mercedes • Ferrari • Cosworth
Race Drivers Vettel • 2 Webber • 3 Hamilton • 4 Button • 5 Alonso • 6 Massa • 7 Schumacher • 8 Rosberg • 9 Heidfeld • 9 Senna • 10 Petrov • 11 Barrichello • 12 Maldonado • 14 Sutil • 15 Di Resta • 16 Kobayashi • 17 Pérez • 17 De la Rosa • 18 Buemi • 19 Alguersuari • 20 Kovalainen • 21 Trulli • 21 Chandhok • 22 Karthikeyan • 22/23 Ricciardo • 23 Liuzzi • 24 Glock • 25 d'Ambrosio
Other Drivers Paffett • Fisichella • Bianchi • Gené • Davidson • Grosjean • Fauzy • Tung • Charouz • Bottas • Hülkenberg • Gutiérrez • Vergne • Razia • Valsecchi • Teixeira • Yamamoto • Wickens • Quaife-Hobbs
2012 Teams and Drivers
Teams Red Bull • McLaren • Ferrari • Mercedes • Lotus • Force India • Sauber • Toro Rosso • Williams • Caterham • HRT • Marussia
Engines Renault • Ferrari • Mercedes • Cosworth
Race Drivers Vettel • 2 Webber • 3 Button • 4 Hamilton • 5 Alonso • 6 Massa • 7 Schumacher • 8 Rosberg • 9 Räikkönen • 10 Grosjean • d'Ambrosio • 11 di Resta • 12 Hülkenberg • 14 Kobayashi • 15 Pérez • 16 Ricciardo • 17 Vergne • 18 Maldonado • 19 Senna • 20 Kovalainen • 21 Petrov • 22 de la Rosa • 23 Karthikeyan • 24 Glock • Pic
Other Drivers Buemi • Paffett • Turvey • Gené • Rigon • Fisichella • Bird • Hartley • Korjus • Bianchi • Daly • Guttiérrez • Bottas • Wolff • van der Garde • Rossi • González • Clos • Ma • Liuzzi • Chilton • de Villota


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