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HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014

Team Williams fined again for wheel offence

Formula One team Williams have been fined 60,000 euros ($83,000) for the second race in a row after a wheel nut came off Pastor Maldonado's car during practice at the Indian Grand Prix, the FIA said today.

Racing to a track near you

Both the drivers' and constructors' titles have been wrapped up by Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Racing but as far as Indian motorsports fans are concerned, the Indian Grand Prix is the most anticipated event on the F1 calendar.

Chandhok's Indian Grand Prix dream dashed

Karun Chandhok's dreams of racing in his country's maiden Formula One Grand Prix did not materialise as Team Lotus on Tuesday decided to go with their regular drivers for this weekend's Indian Grand Prix.

F1 glamour show roars into town for India Grand Prix

The capital is set to get a taste of F1 glitz and glamour this weekend as India hosts its first Formula One Grand Prix, with parties and events featuring global A-listers organised in New Delhi.

With lucky 13, Vettel reigns supreme

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel clinched his 13th pole position of the season and the 28th of his career. Vinayak Pande reports.

Massa to stay at Ferrari for next season

Brazilian driver Felipe Massa is to stay at Ferrari next season, Ferrari announced on Tuesday, amid speculation that he could make way for double Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel.

Indian Grand Prix schedule announced

The schedule of events for the upcoming Indian Grand Prix has been announced. HT reports.

Three Indian drivers amongst MRF Formula 2000 field

Parth Ghorpade, Parthiva Sureshwaren and Ashwin Sundar will represent India in the new MRF Formula 2000 series that will kick off as a support race during the Indian Grand Prix weekend next week. HT reports.

Karthikeyan quashes Indycar rumours

Narain Karthikeyan took to Twitter to put an end to speculation that surrounded his future participation in Formula 1 with HRT F1. HT reports.

New rules could have waited for better economy: Stewart

Former three-time Formula 1 world champion Jackie Stewart has stated that a poor global economy could put a strain on F1 teams when the sport's governing body, the FIA, enforces its revamped technical regulations in 2014. HT reports.

The skinny on Mr Safety

You would think three Formula 1 drivers' championships in five years and 27 victories would be Jackie Stewart's legacy as far as motorsport is concerned. However, Stewart's impact on F1 goes beyond just numbers. Vinayak Pande reports. Know the flying ScotsmanRush hour | Splash and dash

Apollo hospital carries out mock drills on F1 racing track

Real life car crash accident scenarios were imitated on Formula 1 tracks by team Apollo this week to be prepared to counter medical emergencies, injuries, burns and fractures due to car crashes. Jaya Shroff Bhalla reports.

The perfect fit

To become an F1 driver you must meet very specific physical requirements. Find out from a man who's been there, done that.

More than just sitting in a seat

There's a reason you don't see F1 drivers who are out of shape. It takes a lot of conditioning to drive this fast.

Karthikeyan crash cost possible podium: Di Resta

Sahara Force India driver Paul Di Resta believes that he could have gone one better than his fourth place finish in the Singapore Grand Prix but for Narain Karthikeyan's crash on lap 30.

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)

Rejuvenating Narain's Formula 1 challenge

At the height of Michael Schumacher's dominance, the German told his trainer and physio of nearly 10 years about an Indian driver who was knocking on the door of Formula 1. Vinayak Pande reports.

Ferrari uses F1 race to back jailed Italians in Kerala

Formula One team Ferrari on Wednesday said it will show its support for Italian navy personnel being held in India by racing with military symbols on its cars' livery at the Indian Grand Prix this weekend.

'Huge shoes' for Hamilton to fill

It really isn't an event in India unless it's held a little 'fashionably' late. However, a press conference featuring McLaren's Lewis Hamilton pushed the boundaries a bit. Journalists sat to have their ears blasted by a commercial that was played in a loop for half an hour with the main attraction no where in sight.

Scalpers look to get a slice of Jaypee’s F1 pie

JPSI may have trouble selling tickets for the Indian GP with more than half of the inventory still unsold. If that wasn't enough, they now have competition from scalpers claiming to sell tickets at throwaway prices. What’s more, they're even trying to pass off as authorised dealers., Rohit Bhaskar reports.

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.

Mercedes all 'worn out' ahead of Indian Grand Prix

Mid-April seems pretty far away for the Mercedes AMG Formula 1 team. That's when Nico Rosberg won the Chinese Grand Prix from pole position to give the team it's first victory as a constructor since 1955. HT reports.

Know your way to the circuit

HT's guide to the Buddh International Circuit and the events of the F1 weekend. Schedule

Too cool for school

F1 drivers aren't all politically correct. Raikkonen talks the talk and walks the walk. Rohit Bhaskar reports.

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.

Don't bet against Rosberg just yet

Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher both started their careers with the Mercedes AMG Formula 1 team in 2010 and since then Rosberg has scored 324 points to Schumacher's 191.  Vinayak Pande reports.

Vettel fastest in Indian GP first practice

Two-time defending world champion Sebastian Vettel showed exactly why Lewis Hamilton feared a Red Bull Racing walkover at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida by topping the first free practice session on Friday with a time of 1:27.619. Vinayak Pande reports.

Ecclestone open to two races in India

India can hope to host two Formula One races within the next decade but the country faces plenty of competition on a crowded calendar, according to the sport's commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone.

Vettel leads Red Bull 1-2 in Indian GP second practice

While on paper defending world champion Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull teammate were almost six tenths of a second faster than the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso, there was enough to suggest that qualifying on Saturday will be eventful. Vinayak Pande reports.

Formula One Indian Grand Prix trophy unveiled

The Formula One Airtel Indian Grand Prix trophy was unveiled today in Greater Noida at Buddh International Circuit.

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.

Red Bull start well but qualifying promises a lot

While on paper defending world champion Sebastian Vettel and his Red Bull teammate were almost six-tenths of a second faster than the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso, there was enough to suggest that qualifying on Saturday will be eventful. Vinayak Pande 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.

Fun formula

F1 fever kicks off in the city. Here’s where you can catch all the action, Furquan Ameen Siddiqui 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

That old Bullish feeling

We could discuss the tepid response to the Indian Grand Prix in its second edition, both in terms of ticket sales and 'buzz'. Or Ferrari making a meal of handling a controversial topic, but let's just stick to the action on track shall we?  Vinayak Pande writes.

Amazing to see the rise of F1 in India: Hamilton

Amazed to see the rapid rise of Formula One in the country, McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton said the F1 race in New Delhi could become one of the best of the year given the country's potential.

Vettel, Button lead the pack in Indian GP free practice three

McLaren's Jenson Button managed to split the two Red Bull Racing cars of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber in the final free practice session for the Indian Grand Prix. Vinayak Pande reports.

Vettel ‘pats his horse’ to pole; Alonso fifth

Given the wild start to the 2012 Formula 1 season that saw seven winners in the first seven races, its a bit disappointing that it has come to the point that the post-qualifying press conference is more entertaining than the action out on track. Vinayak Pande reports.

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.

First Indian on BIC podium, Patel has no F1 aspirations

Aditya Patel became the first Indian to get on the podium at the Buddh International Circuit on Saturday. However, instead of basking in glory, he was distraught at missing out on the top prize. HT reports.

Two races in India? Not right now

Clearing air Bernie Ecclestone clarifies reports, says Formula One management is looking to first establish the BIC race, Vinayak Pande reports.

Insurance came at a premium

Speaking to a 'dead' man probably qualifies as a first. After all, the triple Formula 1 world champion, who was given up for dead and had his last rites read to him 36 years ago following a horrific accident, is alive and well on a sofa in an F1 team building at the Buddh International Circuit before qualifying for the Indian Grand Prix, Vinayak Pande reports.

Formula One: Vettel dominates Indian Grand Prix practice

Sebastian Vettel drove 35 flawless laps in the second practice session Friday to edge Red Bull teammate Mark Webber for the quickest time ahead of Sunday's Indian Grand Prix.

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

Kart-ridge that prints champs

Practically every F1 driver on the grid today has his roots in karting. But while the karting infrastructure is up to the international mark in India, more needs to be done, writes Rayomand Banajee.
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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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