HindustanTimes Fri,28 Aug 2015

Never thought I'd race in an Indian GP, says Narain

"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.

Angelic speed demons

Hindustan Times presents the only five women who broke into the male dominated world of Formula One.

Barrichello wins... but in virtual world

Rubens Barrichello can boast of being a race-winning championship leader with a contract for next season -- the only pity being that he is not talking about Formula One.

Risk element thrills Hamilton

The key to being a really quick Formula One driver is to take risks on the racetrack and be in no rush to start a family, according to McLaren's Lewis Hamilton.

To the principal’s office

The buck stops with the team principal in an F1 team. Starting with payments, all responsibilities fall on him.

'Get high on curry & beer in India'

Andrew Flintoff's advice to Formula One teams visiting India for the country's first grand prix is to fuel themselves on beer and curry.

We’ll show world how India parties: Arjun

Arjun Rampal’s Lap is the official party host this weekend as Formula 1 makes a much-hyped debut in India. It will give Indian DJs a chance to spin with Edward Maya and Roger Sanchez.

I am looking forward to meet Sachin: Schumacher

The two grabbed quite a few headlines in 2002 when Schumacher gifted the keys of a Ferrari to Tendulkar after the Indian equalled Sir Donald Bradman's tally of 29 Test centuries.

Road trip to Agra impresses F1 champ Vettel

For Formula One (F1) World Champion Sebastian Vettel, a road trip to Agra was more fascinating than the experience of seeing the majestic Taj Mahal.

Predictive texting, playstation and F1

Martin Brundle remembers the time when Formula One was a lot different than it is today. “Back when I started racing in the 1980s, you had to fight to keep the car on the track,” Michael Schumacher's former teammate at Benetton told HT.

A broken heart will not be a distraction

Yet to win a race in what he calls his "worst season in Formula One", Lewis Hamilton is also nursing a broken heart after splitting up with singer Nicole Scherzinger but insists it won't be a distraction in this Sunday's Indian Grand Prix.

Indian Grand Prix first free practice times

First free practice session times from the Formula One Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in New Delhi today.

When McLaren offered help to manage air traffic at Heathrow

The technology McLaren team uses for co-ordination during the all crucial pit-stop during a race, is now being used by British Airport Association (BAA) for hassle free and speedy landing and take-off at Heathrow, one of the busiest airports in the world.

Hare there, deer that... Not an uncommon sight

Much is being made of the puppy that ran out on the Buddh International Circuit during the first practice session of the Indian Grand Prix. Vinayak Pande writes.

Headed North for F1

With the country hosting its first ever Formula 1 Grand Prix, Mumbaiites keen on getting a slice of the racing action have packed their bags and landed in Delhi.

F1 can't match cricket's popularity: Yuvraj

India's star cricketer Yuvraj Singh was awed after watching the Formula One inaugural Indian Grand Prix on Sunday, but said it would be difficult for the sport to match cricket's popularity in India as it is only an annual event.

Indian women beautiful: Vettel

World champion Sebastian Vettel displayed a flair for language and an eye for the ladies as he used halting Hindi to pay tribute to India's beautiful women today. Asked to sum up his experiences in India in one phrase, he said: "Aapki ladki bahut sunda hai."

Snarls spoil F1 fun, VIPs fume

A complete lack of planning by the traffic police spoiled the F1 fun for thousands of commuters. Cars remained stuck in long jams while going to and returning from the race venue.

A full-throttle weekend

In a country crazy for cricket, the enthusiasm shown by spectators at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida for India's maiden Grand Prix was overwhelming.

At Sunday’s race, cars, grid girls & speed-struck celebs

It was a memorable day for the celebrities, who turned up the racing track in Greater Noida to watch India's maiden Grand Prix.

Zanardi: Standing tall and going the distance

When 45-year-old former Italian racing driver Alessandro "Alex" Zanardi won the handcycle division of the New York City Marathon on Sunday, people may have wondered why it made the news in major motorsports websites and publications.

Surviving F1’s roulette wheel and thriving

Statistically speaking, Britain's Anthony Davidson has every reason to be bitter. "The Ant", as the diminutive 32-year-old is known in motorsports circles, has to his name 24 F1 starts, no wins, points or podiums. But statistics, as always, tell only half the story.

Breaking down F1's silly season

As the Formula One season heads towards its season finale in Brazil this weekend, the focus shifts on to the traditional game of musical chairs played between drivers in various stages of their F1 careers.

Taking the road less travelled

Twenty two-year-old Armaan Ebrahim has had his mind set on a career in top flight single seat racing for a while now. That was the intention when he stepped into the cockpit of an A1 GP car in 2005 till competing in his third season in the Formula Two championship this season. Vinayak Pande reports.

Fastest in health and sickness

Fitness and Formula One go hand in hand is a well known fact. However, to Heinz-Harald Frentzen, the 1997 world championship runner-up and winner of three Grands Prix, this rule doesn't always apply as illness seems to get the best out of him. Dipak Ragav reports.

Sound track

F1's arrival in India heralds a bright future for speed junkies, both behind the wheel and in the stands. Vinayak Pande writes. Watch out for | Waiting to exhale | The road gets straighter

India's two-wheel trailblazer

The only Indian to qualify for MotoGP, 2012 will be the year for Chennai's Sarath to prove himself worthy for the big leagues. Vinayak Pande reports. Journey so far

Mahindra shows the way

The first Indian automotive major in MotoGP is taking homegrown riders places. HT reports.

2013 launch for Toyota Etios cup

The Etios Cup will be the second one-make tin-top racing series following the Volkswagen Polo R Cup that started in 2010.

Pre-season testing 2012: What to look out for

In about two weeks, at least seven of the 12 Formula One teams would have unveiled their 2012 challengers and will have let it loose on track in Jerez, Spain to kick off pre-season testing.

Ferrari unsatisfied with 'nose-job'

Ferrari have blamed Formula One's 2012 regulations for making the nose of their new car “not aesthetically pleasing” while also revealing that the front wing of the F2012 will evolve in the coming months.

F1 title race could be an ugly battle

Formula One cars are not a sight for sore eyes this season but, on the basis of the first four launches, at least one ugly duckling looks likely to turn into a swan as the year progresses.

What to take away from Jerez testing

Forget who set the fastest times for now. The true pace of the current Formula One cars won't be revealed until they are let loose on the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona. HT reports.

Easing into the racing world

Given that 16-year-old Shahaan Engineer was taking part in a series where the average age of the drivers participating was 22 and most had far more racing experience than the Mumbai-born rookie, taking part in the Toyota Racing Series was going to be an uphill task for Engineer. Vinayak Pande writes.

And the hunt continues...

Sebastian Vettel may be dominating Formula One with Mark Webber looking in fine form too (provided he doesn't get bamboozled by this year's Pirelli tyres) but Red Bull Racing know that nothing lasts forever. Vinayak Pande writes.

Carmakers’ real test begins here

‘Racing improves the breed’. It's an old saying but an apt one as far as automobile manufacturers are concerned. Where else but in motorsports events like the Desert Storm will Indian car manufacturers get to put their latest products up against the king of off-road events for nearly two decades; the Gypsy. Vinayak Pande reports.

As clear as daylight

The Brawn BGP001's testing form in 2009 was no red herring and the car proved to be the class of the field. HT writes.

Formula One grid shows a wealth of talent

Jarno Trulli and Rubens Barrichello could only commiserate with one another after their Formula One teams replaced them with fresher faces for the new season.

Putting F1 drivers on the 'right track'

You have coaches for pretty much every sport out there. Tennis, cricket, boxing, you name it. But motorsports? Vinayak Pande writes. Rob Wilson, the drivers’ coach

'It is not the time to give up'

The saying goes that hindsight is 20:20. That certainly seems to be the case in Narain Karthikeyan's assessment of his involvement in Formula One as the HRT F1 driver enters his third season in the sport. Vinayak Pande writes. Narain Karthikeyan

Speedy returns for Brand India

While corporate India is yet to fully exploit the potential of Formula One, interest is booming among the market leaders as the new season kicks off a week from now. Rohit Bhaskar writes. India sport viewership pattern | How Tata is wired into F1

What you should be watching out for in F1 2012

It's unlikely, after an exciting Australian Grand Prix, that F1 fans will be complaining about their weekend fix returning after such a short break. Vinayak Pande writes. Photos: Australian Grand Prix

F1 shares? No thanks, say team chiefs

Team bosses today balked at the prospect of buying shares in Formula One -- and urged swift cost-cutting reforms to stop cash-strapped competitors going to the wall.

When Formula One driver turns a chauffeur

Indian feels the world champ is frustrated with difficult start to the season and is looking for excuses. Vinayak Pande writes.

No easy task for fast and furious Gill in APRC

The very thought of reminiscing on wasted opportunities is not the norm for racing/rally drivers and this is exactly the case with Gaurav Gill and the Chinese round of the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) in 2010. Vinayak Pande writes.

‘Negotiating with Jaypee to bring MotoGP to India’

Carmelo Ezpeleta is to the motorcycling kingdom, what Bernie Ecclestone is to car racing – the ultimate ringmaster. Rohit Bhaskar reports.

Patel very much at home in Germany's 'Green Hell'

Aditya Patel, the 23-year-old racing driver from Chennai recounts his experience of driving on a racing circuit known as 'The Green Hell'. Vinayak Pande reports.

Burning rubber the right way on India’s F1 track

Anyone who reads newspapers and watches television can tell that Indian drivers and bikers have a 'need for speed'. How else do you explain the endless news of mangled cars and bikes after their owners' impromptu and illegal joyrides went horribly wrong. Vinayak Pande reports.

Seconds not tenths

HRT driver Narain Karthikeyan's 2012 season is frustratingly turning out to be much like his disappointing 2011 campaign. Vinayak Pande writes.
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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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