Advertisement

HindustanTimes Sat,23 Aug 2014
First Indian on BIC podium, Patel has no F1 aspirations
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Greater Noida, October 28, 2012
First Published: 00:04 IST(28/10/2012)
Last Updated: 01:19 IST(28/10/2012)

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.

The podium in the F1 feeder series has also done little to sway his preference for GT racing over single-seaters.

Patel finished third in Round 11 of the JK Racing Asia Series (JKRAS), after a thrilling three-way battle with Afiq Ikhwan and Nabil Jeffri.

Even in the closing lap, Patel led but Ikhwan regained the lead at the next turn while Jeffri made a dive on the inside a few turns before the finish line.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/10/28_10_12-metro19.jpg

Win would have been better’

“The feeling (of becoming the first Indian to get on the podium at the BIC) hasn’t sunk in, partly because I knew I could’ve won. The podium was good, a win would still have been better,” the 23-year-old told HT, as he now turns his attention to Sunday’s second race.

Having started out on single-seaters, and then spent one season in the Formula BMW Pacific championship, Patel’s had enough experience in single-seaters.

However, over the past four years, he has devoted himself to GT car racing, and in April this year was snapped up by German automakers Audi on a three-year deal, having competed in the Volkswagen Scirocco-R Cup in Germany, where he finished fifth overall in 2011.

The Audi deal has great potential with possible opportunities to compete in top international racing series like the FIA World GT1 championship, the World GT Masters and DTM (German touring car championship).

“The deal with Audi is a great chance for me to grow as a driver and take it to the next level.

“This podium is great, but my priorities remain the same. Single-seaters are fine, but at the moment my focus is on touring car championships,” the Chennai native stated firmly after the race.


comment Note: By posting your comments here you agree to the terms and conditions of www.hindustantimes.com
blog comments powered by Disqus

Advertisement
F1 car vrooms on Rajpath
more »
Advertisement

In the know
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.

In The Know
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
more »

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.

more »
Advertisement
Copyright © 2014 HT Media Limited. All Rights Reserved