Durban: Team India preview

Karthikeyan returns to A1 Team India for A1GP South Africa February 2007 - Karthikeyan returns to A1 Team India for A1GP South Africa Narain Karthikeyan will return to driving duties for A1 Team India this weekend, at the A1GP Durban, South ...

Karthikeyan returns to A1 Team India for A1GP South Africa

February 2007 - Karthikeyan returns to A1 Team India for A1GP South Africa Narain Karthikeyan will return to driving duties for A1 Team India this weekend, at the A1GP Durban, South Africa. The F1 test driver first drove for India at the New Zealand round in January, where he scored the team's first points in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. It is a busy week for Karthikeyan, who is also testing for the Williams F1 Team in Valencia as part of his duties as the team's third driver. After completing the two-day F1 test, Karthikeyan will fly straight to South Africa and arrive in Durban on Thursday evening.

The South African circuit is one of the most difficult on the A1GP calendar, with only nine teams finishing last year's Feature race. The 3.28 km long track in the centre of Durban winds around narrow, concrete lined streets, leaving little margin for error. Karthikeyan said, "I'm delighted to be rejoining the team in South Africa. The New Zealand race was very much a learning process; getting used to the car and the team, and building up data. I've been busy with the Williams F1 Team since then and unfortunately had to miss the last race in Australia. Now I can't wait to get back in the car and represent India in A1GP.

"I've heard that the circuit in Durban has a reputation for being very difficult, but I think my experience around similar circuits such as Macau and Monaco should help me. Hopefully we will be able to build on the progress we made in New Zealand and secure more points this weekend." A1 Team India Seatholder, Yohann Setna added, "The team is really looking forward to welcoming Narain back into the car on Friday. Durban is a tough circuit and showed last year that it can end even the most experienced driver's race. However, Narain has great experience of street circuits, and I'm sure he will make India proud.

"There's a strong Indian community in Durban, so we expect to see some flags in the grandstand over the weekend. I've already been in touch with some members of the Indian community and I'm sure Narain can expect a great welcome when he arrives."

The sound of the A1GP cars will echo round Durban on Friday morning when the teams first take to the track for practice. This will be followed by a final practice session on Saturday morning, before the four segment qualifying session. The race action will kick off at 11.00 local time on Sunday with a 20 minute Sprint race, which will be followed by a longer 70 minute Feature race.

-credit: team india

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Series A1GP
Drivers Narain Karthikeyan
Teams Williams