"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.
Driving for the Hispania Racing Team, Narain, who is being sponsored by the Hero Motors, believes that the race will garner more corporate attention. "Even if niche, F1 is followed in India," said Narain. "Once corporates realise that it is a good alternative to cricket, more big names will come in."
Speaking about the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida, Narain feels that it has the "potential of being among the top three" circuits of the world. "There are quite a few challenging corners, a good stretch where one can speed up - it's an exciting inclusion in the F1 calendar," said Narain, who feels there "nothing as home advantage" for him. "Every driver has to adjust to the tracks around the world."
Narain admits that there's not much he can choose from at the moment.
"There are thousands of drivers wanting to be in F1," he said. "There's no choice ( of team) and you have to get into what's available."