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.
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
|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|
Correct as of the 2012 Korean Grand Prix
|Front Row Starts||0|
|Distance Raced||10228.823 km|
|Distance Led||0 km|
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|2006 – 2010: Did not compete|
|3rd||DNQ||Did not qualify|
|5th||Points finish||DNPQ||Did not pre-qualify|
|14th||Non-points finish||TD||Test driver|
|NC||Non-classified finish (<90% race distance)||DNS||Did not start|
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