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HindustanTimes Fri,18 Apr 2014

Every racer's first step

In this week's column, I thought I would look at the most basic form of motorsport  - Go-Karting. When I was 6 year's old, my parents gave me a small cadet kart as a birthday present. Karun Chandhok writes.

One for the road...

As I write on board the flight to Singapore for the Grand Prix, I thought it's a good time to go slightly off track with this week's column and talk about the travel in F1! Karun Chandhok writes. Going the distance

After debut disaster, Korea learns little

I've just left the Korean International Circuit and am on my way to Seoul - sadly I can't remember if I've been as eager to leave a race track ever before in my life. Narain Karthikeyan writes.

Motorsport shaken up by Dan Wheldon's death

Motorsport is dangerous. It says so on our passes, your tickets, and even at the race tracks. We often take the statutory warnings for granted much like smokers do when they look at the health warnings on a cigarette pack. Karun Chandhok writes.

Success mantra: Raise talent, race ahead

With just a few days to go for the highly-anticipated inaugural Indian Formula One Grand Prix, my mind goes back three decades to the time when JK Tyre took the decision to promote motorsports in our country.  Dr Raghupati, Vice-Chairman and MD, JK Tyre writes. Silver arrows’ top guns aim for the summit

Sahara needs to end this farce on India

The man who is seen as a father figure by many Indian sportsmen did not seem eager to give our F1 representatives Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok a chance in the Force India car. Sukhwant Basra writes.

Feel honoured to be among first 25 to drive on BIC

I'm really looking forward to driving around the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) in the first free practice session where I will take over Heikki Kovalainen's car. Karun Chandhok writes.

Formula for success

The scale of India's first-ever Grand Prix (GP) is huge and it will be fair to say that this is the biggest sporting event that the nation will witness. Hormazd Sorabjee writes.

Surreal becomes real

India is unique in many ways and Formula One needs to understand that, writes Narain Karthikeyan.

It's a slow lane outside the Formula One track

The gleaming approach road abruptly turns into one barely fit for a cart path as the vehicle swerves into the perimeter of India's latest pride, the Buddh International Circuit, where the nation's dreams of hosting the Formula One race have been realised. N Ananthanarayanan writes.

Drive soft on the hard ones

Race strategy will be defined by when drivers choose to use the mandatory hard tyres, writes Karun Chandhok.

Getting lost in the sweet zing

For a live Formula One race virgin, it’s all about the sound. Forget the fact that you get to see world champions in the flesh (or rather their helmets peeking out from their cars) or the elaborate planning needed to make your way to the Buddh International circuit. Sharmistha Chaudhuri writes.

It was just me, fans & the track

Immensely satisfying to perform as an Indian racer in front of the boisterous home crowd. Narain Karthikeyan writes.They saw it had this to say

Red Bulls raged but Schumi’s credentials were on full display

Sebastian Vettel carried on his tremendous form to win the first Indian Grand Prix in dominant style. Karun Chandhok writes.

I'll try to learn Hindi to impress Indian women

This was my first visit to India, and I've come back very impressed. People tell you cricket is the most popular sport, but you will tend to believe otherwise when you see almost 100,000 fans in the stands cheering for you. Sebastian Vettel writes.

Restriction of resources

It seems like a no-brainer to get Formula One teams to stop burning through hundreds of crores of rupees on windtunnel testing and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software to design cars that they proudly tout can ride (in theory) upside down on the roof of a tunnel at speeds at or over 160 kmh. Vinayak Pande writes.

Formula One's success has brought everyone on board

If I'm not mistaken, it was little more than an year ago when it was confirmed that the Indian GP would definitely be a part of the 2011 calendar and, truth be told, I could hardly believe it. Narain Karthikeyan writes.

Indian GP showing swung it for me

Narain Karthikeyan explains how his performance in the home race last year helped him retain his slot on the F1 grid.

If not F1 power, then not a dream worth living for Narain Karthikeyan

On paper, Narain Karthikeyan may have signed for the same HRT F1 team that he drove for last year, thus ensuring the sort of continuity that drivers in the fickle world of Formula One crave for to advance their careers. A closer look reveals there is little about the Spanish team that is the same as the 2011 season, writes Vinayak Pande.

Optimism all around

If opening GP is anything to go by, this season's title race will be an open one with new contenders emerging to challenge Red Bull's 2-year reign. Joe Saward writes.

Figure that one out!

An exciting yet intriguing Malaysian GP raised many questions. Joe Saward writes.

Vettel, Germany and the curious case of gherkins

Whatever the details, what Vettel was saying was that Narain was "silly" to have collided with him, an incident which damaged the Red Bull's rear tyre and dropped him out of the points. Joe Saward writes.

Ecclestone looks West to solve Yankee riddle

They used to tell all the immigrants in the United States to "Go West" to make their fortunes. Many did. Now the sprightly 81-year-old Bernie Ecclestone looks like he is about to follow the same advice. Joe Saward writes.

On a wing and a prayer, F1 makes a risky pit stop

Sport risks safety of competitors and its reputation by insisting on Bahrain GP. Joe Saward writes. Formula 1's flirtations with real-world politics

Bahrain not as wild and chaotic as thought to be

Formula 1 went to Bahrain and lived through a quite extraordinary weekend. I certainly have never had a race meeting like it in my 29 year career.Joe Saward writes.

Fancy a piece of F1 pie?

Formula 1's second attempt to go to the stock markets is anything but a done deal. Joe Saward writes.

Reading between Webber's lines

Far too much of the Formula 1 media these days is headline-based and that often leads to people being led astray. Joe Saward writes.

The ups and downs of the game

In motor racing in general, and Formula 1 in particular, reality is often stranger than fiction… and that was certainly true at the weekend in Barcelona. Joe Saward writes.

Hard work and ability see Indian rise in F1

Dehradun-born Monisha Kaltenborn is handed the reins at Sauber F1 after quietly climbing up the ladder at the Switzerland-based team. Joe Saward writes.

Rumours, hard questions abound at Monaco GP

Speculation on F1 and other matters lands Mallya in a spot of bother. Joe Saward writes.

Who could ask for anything more?

Seven different winners in seven races, from five different teams and there are still a number of teams and drivers that could, without any great surprise, be winners as well.

Big build-up to the big race

Along with the Indianapolis 500 and the Monaco Grand Prix it is widely recognised as one of the crown jewels of world motorsport. Karun Chandhok writes.

Nine hours of racing and just four hours of sleep

What a weekend that was! I've done hundreds of races in my career in various cars across several countries but nothing can compare with what I experienced over the last 24 hours here at Le Mans. To give you some stats, through the race, I was on track for 9 hours and slept for 4, which isn't a very relaxing ratio I can assure you. Karun Chandhok writes.

A new formula for a better Formula One

Regulations to come into effect in 2014 have faced some opposition but have been drafted in F1's best interest. Joe Saward writes.

A sport where promoters make over 50%

The European Grand Prix in Valencia was great entertainment and while the sequence of different winners came to an end, Fernando Alonso's great drive kept us on the edge of our seats until the chequered flag. Joe Saward writes.

Manufacturers off the mark

The 3rd edition of the Mughal Rally drew interest from three of the largest vehicle manufacturers in India. That in itself is exciting. After all, rallying in India had been confined to two tyre companies till now. Sukhwant Basra writes.

Safety should be the top priority

It is unfortunate that two participants in the Mughal Rally — Jatinder Shukla and Ashish Mahajan — lost their lives when they had come to experience the thrill of rallying in one of the most picturesque places in the world. Musa Sherif writes.

The final nail in Bernie's commercial coffin?

The real story in Formula 1 in the last few days has been the conviction last week in a German court of Dr Gerhard Gribkowsky. He was once a big shot in the F1 world, as the main representative of BayernLB, which used to own the Formula One group.

The importance of catching them young

McLaren are leading the way in an area where Formula One’s short-sighted promoters are paying little heed to. Joe Saward writes.

The silly season begins

The 2012 Formula 1 "Silly Season" has finally kicked off with the re-signing of Mark Webber by Red Bull Racing. Joe Saward writes.

It's time to have an Olympic Grand Prix

Formula 1 has gone on holiday for the next month, mainly because the world is now going to be focused on the Olympic Games, and in more practical terms because members of the F1 circus have been on the road for quite a long time now. People are tired and want to spend time with their families, during the school holidays. Joe Saward writes.

Good for brand value, but is it good for cars?

It is worth noting that US automotive giant General Motors has just announced a major new sponsorship, which should serve to remind F1 that looking into the mirror from time to time to see whether one is still attractive is not such a bad idea. Joe Saward writes.

Hamilton's future keeping F1 rumour-mongers busy

It has been a very quiet summer for the Formula 1 world, without too many wild stories kicking about. This is probably because the people who are really involved in the sport have all been on holiday, and so there has been nothing for the rumour-mongers to get their teeth into. Joe Saward writes.

Topsy-turvy season a treat

The 2012 Formula 1 World Championship season has been one real topsy-turvy affair. I’d like to think I’m pretty good with my F1 history, and even I can’t recall a season so wide open where every single weekend there are atleast 16 drivers who could realistically snatch a place on the podium. Karun Chandhok writes.

Why it is right to punish Romain Grosjean

Romain Grosjean has been banned from racing at the Italian Grand Prix, his punishment for causing the first corner accident at Spa. The Frenchman is young and is a man under pressure. Joe Saward writes.

Celestial speedway

The oldest track on Formula One calendar should feature on the wishlist of every motorsport fan. Joe Saward writes.

Goodbye to ‘the prof’

The last week has seen the death of Professor Sid Watkins. He was 84 years of age and had been suffering from cancer for some time.

Room for improvement at an already tremendous event

The Singapore Grand Prix is a tremendous event - but it is not always a great race. In five years it has somehow managed to establish itself as a classic F1 venue - even if the races are a little processional.

New engines set to be scrapped

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has revealed that controversial environmentally-friendly new engines which are due to be introduced to the sport in 2014 are likely to be scrapped. Christian Sylt reports.

Long and winding road

India’s motorsport trailblazer tells you all that you need to know to make it to the rarefied air of the F1 paddock.

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Every racer's first step

In this week's column, I thought I would look at the most basic form of motorsport  - Go-Karting. When I was 6 year's old, my parents gave me a small cadet kart as a birthday present. Karun Chandhok writes.

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One for the road...

As I write on board the flight to Singapore for the Grand Prix, I thought it's a good time to go slightly off track with this week's column and talk about the travel in F1! Karun Chandhok writes. Going the distance
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Never thought I'd race in an Indian GP, says Narain

Narain Karthikeyan
"Since the day I started racing, I dreamt of being in the Formula One," said Narain Karthikeyan. "But never in my wildest dream did I think of racing in an Indian GP." That's how the country's first F1 racer wants to sum up his excitement about the upcoming event next month. "It's going to be the most special thing in my life," he added.

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