Hispania Racing Team driver Narain Karthikeyan addresses a press conference of the Indian Formula One Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in Noida. (PTI)
Kumar Ram Narain Karthikeyan was the first Indian Formula One driver and was given the moniker, ‘the fastest Indian in the world’. He made his debut in 2005 with the Jordan team. In his first race at this level, which was at the Australian Grand Prix, he qualified at the 12th position. Today, he is involved with several charities that work towards the education of girls and promoting cancer awareness.
It’s not just the speed at the racing circuit, but also the Delhi crowd at the Indian Grand Prix that Indian racer Narain Karthikeyan is thrilled about. “I have heard that the crowd in Delhi is crazy and cheers a lot. I am looking forward to the experience,” says Karthikeyan.
The 34-year-old racer says he loves Delhi food and will be hanging out at his favourite spots in the Capital when off the race track. “I have been to the city many times and it’s like I never get enough of it. I would definitely want to treat myself to some tasty Delhi style food,” he says.
Karthikeyan, who will be in Delhi this weekend at the ongoing Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit, says that though he has represented India all over the world in the past few years, the feeling this time is incomparable. “The race this time is going to be thrilling. Racing on your own land gives a different high altogether,” says Karthikeyan.
As to which team he feels is the one to watch out for, Karthikeyan says, “I think it’s the Virgins whom we should watch out for,” he says. “With most world class racers coming to India, it sure will be a treat for the crowd as well as the fans. After the Commonwealth games, it’s one of the biggest achievements for Delhi,” he adds.
Racing to go green
Everyone in the city seems to be catching the Formula One fever. Keeping that in mind, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) India tried to catch the pulse of the racing season to promote the cause of vegetarianism in their own way. Here, you can see two PETA girls dressed as sexy pit-crew girls, holding signs that read, “Rev Your Engine – Go Vegan!” while standing next to a race car at Jantar Mantar on Thursday. PETA officials say that the campaign’s point is that as F1 drivers put the best racing fuel in their tanks, they should also treat their bodies well, which means going vegetarian.