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HindustanTimes Fri,22 Aug 2014

How the F1 pie is shared

Formula 1 does not like to talk about money. The sport is wallowing in greenbacks but it is not considered good form to discuss such things. Joe Saward writes. Graphic: The evolution of the F1 car(1950-2012)

It’s not that simple

When I was first asked to describe the experience of driving a Formula 1 car for this column, I was at a loss for words. How can you put down something so surreal, thrilling and scarcely believable --- the feel of driving an F1 car --- in black and white? Narain Karthikeyan writes.

Surrounded by glitz, grounded in ‘realty’

Run into Sameer Gaur on the street and bet you won't figure that this unassuming man is the managing director of Jaypee Sports International. A fancy watch aside, there are hardly any swanky embellishments that scream: 'F1 circuit owner'. Sukhwant Basra & Vinayak Pande report.

Fasten your seat belt... it's here

The Formula One circus arrives at the BIC as tons of equipment is readied for the show. Vinayak Pande writes.

Man who gave Schumi a start

Just goes to show you that anything is possible when a man, who quit school at the age of 15, designed the car that allowed Michael Schumacher to shine at Formula 1's best circuit (Spa in Belgium). Vinayak Pande reports.

Practice unplugged

Gutted after a hydraulic leakage but looking forward to a good qualifying at the Indian Grand Prix come race weekend. Narain Karthikeyan writes.

The agony of being Karthikeyan

The Formula 1 world first became aware of Narain Karthikeyan in the summer of 1999, when the first rumours drifted in that "an Indian chap" had won a British Formula 3 race at Brands Hatch. Joe Saward writes.

Damon of the past delves into present

The F1 great, Damon Hill, revisits his fiery rivalry with Schumi, holds no grudges. Vinayak Pande reports.

In The Flesh: II

Yesterday, HT brought you the title contenders. Today, meet the former champions, as well as those who’ve always been in contention but missed out on the big prize

Bulldozing the opposition to front row

Vettel and Webber may have sealed a qualifying one-two for Red Bull, but on a track with many overtaking opportunities it will be an open race, Narain Karthikeyan writes.

Is Force India really an Indian team?

India is a massive potential market for F1 and so having Indians interested in the sport is a great idea. One needs only to look back to see the interest that a successful driver can generate, Joe Saward writes.

All it takes is a little push...

Growing the audience for F1 in India is all about giving fans that initial kick of adrenalin, writes Joe Saward.

Honestly, it’s one big yawn trackside

First sound of the cars and everyone gets excited. Eventually, the race starts and the cars begin to zip by. It's all quite deafening and honestly, all quite boring. HT reports.

Vett and wild again

After all the build-up, it was finally time for the real thing. Race day had arrived at the Buddh International Circuit and despite some issues in qualifying, I was looking forward to a good finish. Narain Karthikeyan writes.

No rough ride this time around

If reaching the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) last year was a Herculean task, this time it was a smooth ride, literally. Sharmistha Chaudhuri reports.

F1 needs America to complete global jigsaw

If all goes to plan, this will be a big week for Formula 1 as it returns to the United States for the first time in five years. F1 has failed to break into the US market in the course of the last 30 years, having blown the foundations that were built at Watkins Glen and Long Beach in the 1970s.

The 'bonkers' business logic of Formula 1 teams

The primary goals of any normal business are to be successful in its field; to add value to the company; and to make a profit. Other strategic goals include building a brand, becoming the market leader or expanding the business into new areas. Joe Saward writes.

Difficult to bet against Sebastian: Karthikeyan

It is very difficult to bet against Sebastian Vettel’s impeding coronation as a four-time world champion in India, and Red Bull look poised to seal the constructors’ title as well, writes Narain Karthikeyan.

Indian GP is a speedway to bigger things

While F1 has seen action across the world since the 1950s, in India, motorsports had a humble beginning a few decades ago. But its popularity is on the upswing with the Indian GP providing the needed boost, writes Sanjay Sharma.

Driver's seat: Narain Karthikeyan on what it feels like to drive an F1 car

Narain Karthikeyan describes the surreal, thrilling and scarcely believable — the feel of driving an F1 car. He goves the basics on just what it feels like to go from an average car to an F1 monster.

Third year of Indian Grand Prix: this formula wasn’t easy

With hardly any ‘track record’, India took the world by storm when it hosted Formula One. But an uncertain future beckons and rumours are abuzz that this year’s edition could even be the last, writes Rohit Bhaskar. Full coverage

Geared up for Indian GP? Final 10 laps or so to be incredibly fascinating

I think the final 10 laps or so of Sunday’s race will be incredibly fascinating. But one thing is clear – whichever way things play out on Sunday, the extent of Vettel’s domination is clear. Narain Karthikeyan writes.

Jehan Daruvala, a real Indian face in Force India

It was finally a good time to go to the Force India team building. After all they were holding a press conference with an Indian driver; albeit one far from the upper echelons of the sport just yet. Sukhwant Basra writes.

Newey made a huge difference in Red Bulls success

In Formula 1, it is never about the driver alone. Machinery plays a critical role and there is no doubt that Adrian Newey has been the standard as far as F1 design is concerned.
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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.

Formula One driver regimen

It’s not all glamour for the Formula One drivers who endure demanding conditions while in the cockpit. They’re subjected to incredible wear-and-tear. HT reveals their fitness regimens.

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