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Karthikeyan starts second non-F1 stint with fifth at AutoGP World Series opener

Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 24, 2013 01:46 AM IST
It's hard to tell what would hurt Narain Karthikeyan more. Being branded a 'pay driver' along with the negative connotations that come with it or constantly having to point to British Formula 3 wins over the likes of Jenson Button and A1 GP wins to prove otherwise.
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Karthikeyan in line for F1 seat

Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2013 02:25 AM IST
Based on, as yet, unconfirmed reports in Brazil's O Estado de S. Paulo newspaper, 23-year-old Brazilian Luis Razia is expected to fall short in meeting the sponsorship requirements to make his Formula 1 debut with the Marussia F1 team. Vinayak Pande reports. Highlights
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Indian Rallying goes the distance

Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, Jaipur
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2013 01:19 AM IST
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.
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Eyeing an Xtreme impact

Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, Kolkata
UPDATED ON FEB 15, 2013 10:14 PM IST
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
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Leaping into the limelight

Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2013 10:17 AM IST
Three new motorsport talents have ambitiously trained their sights on glory and fame at the highest level, Vinayak Pande writes.
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Stephane 'Big 10' Peterhansel casts shadow over Dakar 2013

Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2013 02:11 AM IST
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.
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Stiff competition keeps Ghorpade on his toes

Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, Greater Noida
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2012 06:40 PM IST
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.
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Karthikeyan still in the dark over proposed race

Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2012 11:55 PM IST
It would be something to see India's only two racing drivers with Formula 1 experience race each other and two younger drivers in equally prepared, high-performance Audi sportscars at the country's first and only F1-grade circuit. Vinayak Pande reports.
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Man who could call the first F1 champion 'awful' passes away

Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2012 01:29 PM IST
Former American racing driver, John Fitch, passed away this Wednesday near the Lime Rock racing circuit in Connecticut, USA.
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Starting early the way to go

Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, Greater Noida
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2012 02:28 AM IST
Bringing Formula 1 to India with the construction of a state-of-the-art racing facility is believed to be the best way to galvanise sections of the country's massive populations and help produce an F1 winner, writes Vinayak Pande.
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HRT engine to fuel Green's quest for a slice of history

Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, Greater Noida
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2012 01:29 AM IST
When you see a Formula 1 car flash past you at nearly 330 kmh, with its 2.4-litre V-8 engine screaming at 18,000 rpm, it's hard not to be impressed. Vinayak Pande reports.

Vettel win underlines Red Bull's constant progress

Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, Greater Noida
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2012 11:26 AM IST
Budget-capping in Formula 1 sounds pretty appealing right about now. Watching Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber dominate the Indian GP on all three days and take a 1-3 finish only amplified it. Vinayak Pande reports.
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Insurance came at a premium

Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, Greater Noida
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2012 11:26 AM IST
Speaking to a 'dead' man probably qualifies as a first. After all, the triple Formula 1 world champion, who was given up for dead and had his last rites read to him 36 years ago following a horrific accident, is alive and well on a sofa in an F1 team building at the Buddh International Circuit before qualifying for the Indian Grand Prix, Vinayak Pande reports.
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Two races in India? Not right now

Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, Greater Noida
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2012 01:20 AM IST
Clearing air Bernie Ecclestone clarifies reports, says Formula One management is looking to first establish the BIC race, Vinayak Pande reports.
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Vettel ‘pats his horse’ to pole; Alonso fifth

Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, Greater Noida
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2012 01:35 AM IST
Given the wild start to the 2012 Formula 1 season that saw seven winners in the first seven races, its a bit disappointing that it has come to the point that the post-qualifying press conference is more entertaining than the action out on track. Vinayak Pande reports.

Vettel, Button lead the pack in Indian GP free practice three

Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, Greater Noida
UPDATED ON OCT 27, 2012 12:25 PM IST
McLaren's Jenson Button managed to split the two Red Bull Racing cars of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber in the final free practice session for the Indian Grand Prix. Vinayak Pande reports.
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That old Bullish feeling

Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, Greater Noida
UPDATED ON OCT 27, 2012 09:48 AM IST
We could discuss the tepid response to the Indian Grand Prix in its second edition, both in terms of ticket sales and 'buzz'. Or Ferrari making a meal of handling a controversial topic, but let's just stick to the action on track shall we? Vinayak Pande writes.
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Damon of the past delves into present

Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, Greater Noida
UPDATED ON OCT 27, 2012 12:11 PM IST
The F1 great, Damon Hill, revisits his fiery rivalry with Schumi, holds no grudges. Vinayak Pande reports.

Red Bull start well but qualifying promises a lot

Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, Greater Noida
UPDATED ON OCT 27, 2012 01:58 AM IST
While on paper defending world champion Sebastian Vettel and his Red Bull teammate were almost six-tenths of a second faster than the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso, there was enough to suggest that qualifying on Saturday will be eventful. Vinayak Pande writes.
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Vettel leads Red Bull 1-2 in Indian GP second practice

Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, Greater Noida
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2012 05:18 PM IST
While on paper defending world champion Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull teammate were almost six tenths of a second faster than the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso, there was enough to suggest that qualifying on Saturday will be eventful. Vinayak Pande reports.
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Fasten your seat belt... it’s here

None | By Vinayak Pande, Greater Noida
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2012 12:30 PM IST
“That's not a toy, mate!” The very assertive directive comes from a Red Bull Racing mechanic when you try to get too close to the race-sensitive equipment that has turned the bare pitwall at the Buddh International Circuit into a high-tech communications console.

Vettel fastest in Indian GP first practice

Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, Greater Noida
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2012 05:22 PM IST
Two-time defending world champion Sebastian Vettel showed exactly why Lewis Hamilton feared a Red Bull Racing walkover at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida by topping the first free practice session on Friday with a time of 1:27.619. Vinayak Pande reports.
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Don't bet against Rosberg just yet

Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, Greater Noida
UPDATED ON OCT 27, 2012 05:11 PM IST
Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher both started their careers with the Mercedes AMG Formula 1 team in 2010 and since then Rosberg has scored 324 points to Schumacher's 191. Vinayak Pande reports.
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Man who gave Schumi a start

Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, Greater Noida
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2012 10:41 AM IST
Just goes to show you that anything is possible when a man, who quit school at the age of 15, designed the car that allowed Michael Schumacher to shine at Formula 1's best circuit (Spa in Belgium). Vinayak Pande reports.
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Fasten your seat belt... it's here

None | By Vinayak Pande, Greater Noida
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2012 01:01 AM IST
The Formula One circus arrives at the BIC as tons of equipment is readied for the show. Vinayak Pande writes.
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Surrounded by glitz, grounded in ‘realty’

Hindustan Times | By Sukhwant Basra & Vinayak Pande, Greater Noida
UPDATED ON OCT 25, 2012 01:01 AM IST
Run into Sameer Gaur on the street and bet you won't figure that this unassuming man is the managing director of Jaypee Sports International. A fancy watch aside, there are hardly any swanky embellishments that scream: 'F1 circuit owner'. Sukhwant Basra & Vinayak Pande report.
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Rejuvenating Narain's Formula 1 challenge

Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2012 01:12 AM IST
At the height of Michael Schumacher's dominance, the German told his trainer and physio of nearly 10 years about an Indian driver who was knocking on the door of Formula 1. Vinayak Pande reports.
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The skinny on Mr Safety

Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2012 02:19 PM IST
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 Scotsman | Rush hour| Splash and dash
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Organisers hope to iron out first year glitches

Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, Greater Noida
UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2012 12:09 AM IST
While the inaugural Indian Grand Prix last year was considered a success, there were still many aspects in which the event had room for improvement. Vinayak Pande reports.
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‘He’s still good enough’

Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 05, 2012 01:06 AM IST
Rob Wilson is a man who should have every reason to join in the criticism of Michael Schumacher’s less than stellar comeback to F1 in 2010 (he first retired in 2006). Vinayak Pande reports. Putting it all in perspective | Truckload of bad PR
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