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HindustanTimes Wed,27 Aug 2014

Grosjean making the most of his second chance

Difficult season now seems a world away from the present, with Grosjean finishing third for Lotus in Bahrain last month for his first F1 podium finish and finding himself very much in demand in Spain this weekend.

Rally drivers zoom onto big screen

The growing popularity of motorsport, Formula One in particular, hasn't just raised the profile of the country's F1 aspirants it's increased the demand for driver's who've toiled away for years in relative obscurity on the domestic racing circuit. Rohit Bhaskar writes.

Maldonado has the stuff of champions, says Williams

Pastor Maldonado's first Formula One victory in Spain showed that the Venezuelan has what it takes to be a champion, according to Frank Williams.

A drive to remember

Getting behind the wheel of a racing car is a dream come true for any racing fan. HT relives the experience of an incredible day.

Kimi whispers, Schumi yells

Coach Rob Wilson says the reason for the contrasting fortunes of comeback-men Raikkonen and Schumacher is their different driving styles. Vinayak Pande writes. Notes from the coach | When Kimi met Schumi | Back and forth

Committed Banajee grooms India's racing future

At 32-years-of-age, Banajee is no longer a competitor for Rayo Racing, the team he started and used to drive for, but is fully committed to finding and helping the next generation of Indian racing drivers. Vinayak Pande reports.

F1 legend Senna inspiration for Brazilian triathlete

Reinaldo Colucci has drawn inspiration from the Formula One legend late Ayrton Senna in his bid to become Brazil's first triathlete to achieve a top 10 finish at the Olympics.

F1 looks for a pattern in the unpredictable

Even if Formula One fans are revelling in the joy of an unprecedented six different winners from six races, some of those closer to the action are beginning to feel uneasy.

An arm here, a leg there, that's racing

Everyone knows motorsport is an expensive pastime and that the annual budget for running a top level Formula One team is in excess of $100 million. Spending such sums may appear crazy but the heavy hitters are able to turn a profit due to the championship's global stature. Vinayak Pande reports. Results

Being home never ‘sounded’ so good for Bolisetti

Many think young, aspiring Indian racing drivers would be itching to leave the country for good. After all, destinations like the United Kingdom, Germany and the U.S. are choc-a-bloc with high-profile and respected racing series and championships that serve as a launching pad for a driver to become a fixture in global motorsport.

Can’t become a millionaire in India through motorsport

HT caught up with the 35-year-old HRT F1 driver on the sidelines of the launch of the MRF Challenge 2012. Excerpts:

The driver in me was yearning for action

Unlike most F1 weekends this season - when he is busy providing colour commentary from the London-studio of an F1 broadcaster - Karun Chandhok will be racing during the weekend the Indian Grand Prix is held. Karun Chandhok told Rohit Bhaskar.

Hulkenberg records career-best fourth position at Belgian GP

Nico Hulkenberg scorched his way to a career-best fourth place and Paul Di Resta finished 10th as Sahara Force India secured 13 points from the action-packed Formula One Belgian Grand Prix, in Spa-Francorchamps today.

Khushlani returns from racing limbo

Before last weekend's JK Racing Asia Series (JKRAS) round at Silverstone, Akhil Khushlani had not been behind the wheel of a racing car for almost a year.

'New MRF Formula 2000 series will get drivers to a good level'

Narain Karthikeyan recalls all too well the underpowered and not particularly sophisticated single-seat cars he drove in India before venturing abroad to chase his dream of becoming a Formula One driver. HT reports.

'Rash idols affect young racers'

Driving standards in Formula One has been a hot topic over the last two Grands Prix in Belgium and Italy. Belgium saw Lotus' Romain Grosjean force Lewis Hamilton off the track and cause a massive accident at the start of the race.

Karthikeyan and HRT F1 to receive sponsorship boost

The Tata Group will temporarily increase its sponsorship commitment to Narain Karthikeyan and the HRT F1 team he races for by getting its beverage arm to sponsor them for the Singapore and Indian Grands Prix through its tea brand.

Pole and double podium boost for Engineer

There probably aren't many 17-year-olds around the world whose diet doesn't include any fried or oily foods. But then again, not many of them are embarking on a single seat racing career. Vinayak Pande writes.

Two-stroke karting the perfect platform for Indian racers

Whether it’s Parth Ghorpade winning two out of three races in Formula Pilota or Jehan Daruvala completely dominating the final round of the British Super One karting series, something is allowing young Indians to go wheel-to-wheel with the best young racers from around the world.

PROFILE: Schumacher's career a drama in two parts

Michael Schumacher achieved more than any other driver in Formula One but the winner of a record seven world championships and 91 grands prix could not beat time however hard he raced.

'Thud' helps Hamilton

Formula One star Lewis Hamilton said mysterious mid-race "thud" fixed his steering problems at the Japanese Grand Prix and kept his faint title hopes alive.

First female team principal makes her mark

Asked about women in Formula One and most observers would point to the grid girls who pout and pose in short skirts before every race.

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

Flag to flag coverage

Formula One 2012 arrives with a lot of expectations, but thanks to its solid and true interpretation of the new season, delivers on most fronts. Hemanth Kumar Balasubramanian reports.

Damon of the past delves into present

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

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.

Man who could call the first F1 champion 'awful' passes away

Former American racing driver, John Fitch, passed away this Wednesday near the Lime Rock racing circuit in Connecticut, USA.

He completes Formula 1

In any sport it is rare to find someone who is not only likeable but a proven winner too. Kimi Raikkonen has proved himself to be just that and his win in Abu Dhabi only cemented this reputation.

Stiff competition keeps Ghorpade on his toes

It all comes down to who a racing driver races at the end of the day. It's fine and good to make a step up to a more powerful, sophisticated racing car, but it's a distant second to getting good competition. Parth Ghorpade has a lot of that to handle in his maiden MRF Challenge season behind the wheel of a Dallara-built, Formula 2000 car. Vinayak Pande reports.

Stephane 'Big 10' Peterhansel casts shadow over Dakar 2013

Reaching double digits in your win column for a particular sporting discipline is a pretty special achievement. Especially since it's something that doesn't happen too often, including motorsport, reports Vinayak Pande.

Leaping into the limelight

Three new motorsport talents have ambitiously trained their sights on glory and fame at the highest level, Vinayak Pande writes.

Return to racing in Europe for Sarath Kumar thanks to...Sarath Kumar

Sometimes you see stuff in the realm of news and entertainment that seem a little too far-fetched. Like a South Indian movie star/politician/bodybuilder coming to the rescue of his namesake motorcycle racer! HT reports.

Eyeing an Xtreme impact

This city is associated with many things. 'Joy', football, cricket and its many eateries. Motor sport, however, does not hold any particular significance for this metro. Seven from Kolkata hope for a memorable, maiden experience. Vinayak Pande writes. The Desert Storm | The Riders from Bengal

Indian Rallying goes the distance

It's not easy to explain how running 200 km rallies held over a weekend would be more difficult or less attractive for competitors and car manufacturers than cross-country events lasting a week and running over 2,000km. Vinayak Pande reports.

Coughlan keeps Williams on the move

Mike Coughlan's arrival as chief engineer at Williams in June 2011 was a crucial step, if controversial given his chequered past, in turning around the fortunes of Formula One's faded former champions.

Hamilton's latest F1 challenge: succeeding with Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton handed Formula One a compelling storyline for the new season from the moment he decided to leave the comfort of McLaren for a new challenge with Mercedes.

Mark Webber to leave Formula 1 at the end of season

The 36-year-old Red Bull driver Mark Webber is to leave Formula One at the end of the current season, he announced on his official website on Thursday. The Australian has signed a contract with Porsche from the 2014.

Mark Webber says age a factor in quitting F1

Mark Webber conceded on Thursday afternoon that the march of time combined with impending rule changes in Formula One for next season had been major factors in his decision to quit and switch to sportscar racing with Porsche.

Nico Rosberg emerges fastest in British GP practice

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg showed once again he has the car to challenge the top drivers, clocking the fastest lap in practice Friday at the rain-soaked British Grand Prix ahead of Red Bull drivers Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel.

Three more races certain at BIC

Russia and Austria are slated to have an F1 race next year as is New Jersey in the US. Thailand has also been hailed as a future venue by the sport's CEO Bernie Ecclestone.

Jenson Button still waiting on McLaren for 2014 ride

Jenson Button is hoping to stay with McLaren next year, despite their disappointments in 2013, but is still waiting for the team to sign a contract.

F1 drivers vary of facing mosquito music

The first thing F1 drivers, including Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, enquired on entering their hotel here was whether they were safe from mosquitoes, a hotel official said. Vinod Rajput reports.

F1 racer boys are smitten by Chitrangda

Racers Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta are much in love with India, Indian women and Indian actresses. They reveal their affection for Delhi, Bollywood and well, actor Chitrangda Singh in a chat with HT.

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.

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.

Sticking your neck out in F1, pit stop in the gym

Racing needs a huge commitment from the driver to perform at the highest level. A driver’s fitness routine is as taxing as some of the most physically challenging sports, says Karun Chandhok.

Before pointing fingers elsewhere, look harder in the mirror

The Federation of Motorsports Clubs of India does not figure among the 52 national sports federations recognised by the government of India. And this is the crux of the problem that F1 faces in India, writes Sukhwant Basra.

Vettel claims 3rd straight Indian GP pole

Sebastian Vettel will start from pole position at the Indian Grand Prix, shoring up the Red Bull driver's bid for an almost inevitable fourth straight Formula One title.

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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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