Narain Karthikeyan's return to F1 could be short-lived if reports from motorsport website Autosport.com are to believed. According to the website, promising Australia rookie Daniel Ricciardo, who is currently a test driver for the Red Bull-owned Torro Rosso team, will replace the Indian ace at Spanish team HRT for the remainder of the 2011 season starting from next weekend’s British Grand Prix.
However, it is understood that Karthikeyan will get behind the wheel for one more race this season, the inaugural Indian Grand Prix in the final weekend of October.
It was reported that the 21-year-old could partner another former Red Bull product Tonio Liuizzi for the remained of the season. Ricciardo's seat has also been paid for by Red Bull, which makes it a total of five Red Bull-backed drivers in the circuit this season. In addition to Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber, Red Bull are also the backers of Torro Rosso’s two drivers Sebastien Buemi and Jamie Alguersuari.
This the second straight season when HRT have replaced their driver mid-season, last year Karun Chandhok was replaced by Japanese driver Sakon Yamamoto mid-way through the season and failed to win back his seat.