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And now, gear up for something totally different

Sixty-four racing cars on a track just under six-km long. To put that into perspective, the seven-km long Spa-Francorchamps circuit that hosts the Formula One Belgian Grand Prix will have no more than 24 cars jostling for position. Vinayak Pande reports. Know the race
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Updated on Mar 22, 2012 01:01 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, New Delhi

What you should be watching out for in F1 2012

It's unlikely, after an exciting Australian Grand Prix, that F1 fans will be complaining about their weekend fix returning after such a short break. Vinayak Pande writes. Photos: Australian Grand Prix
Updated on Mar 19, 2012 01:47 AM IST
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'It is not the time to give up'

The saying goes that hindsight is 20:20. That certainly seems to be the case in Narain Karthikeyan's assessment of his involvement in Formula One as the HRT F1 driver enters his third season in the sport. Vinayak Pande writes. Narain Karthikeyan
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Updated on Mar 11, 2012 01:08 AM IST
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Putting F1 drivers on the 'right track'

You have coaches for pretty much every sport out there. Tennis, cricket, boxing, you name it. But motorsports? Vinayak Pande writes. Rob Wilson, the drivers’ coach
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Updated on Mar 11, 2012 04:37 PM IST
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Carmakers’ real test begins here

‘Racing improves the breed’. It's an old saying but an apt one as far as automobile manufacturers are concerned. Where else but in motorsports events like the Desert Storm will Indian car manufacturers get to put their latest products up against the king of off-road events for nearly two decades; the Gypsy. Vinayak Pande reports.
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Updated on Feb 28, 2012 10:22 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, Ahmedabad

Rana wins 2012 Desert Storm as Urs finishes third

Suresh Rana held on to win the 10th Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm in his battered Gypsy by 20 minutes and 14 seconds over Gaurav Chiripal's Vitara.
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Updated on Feb 27, 2012 05:54 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, Ahmedabad

Urs charges as Rana holds on to slim Desert Storm lead

Suresh Rana's Gypsy was more than just a little worse for wear at the end of the penultimate stage of the 10th Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm on Friday.
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Updated on Feb 25, 2012 12:14 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, Bhuj

Chiripal up to second towards end of Desert Storm third leg

Team Thunderbolt's Suresh Rana held a 36 minute lead over Gaurav Chiripal at the start of the final stage of the third leg of the 10th Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm. Vinayak Pande reports.
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Updated on Feb 24, 2012 02:54 AM IST
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Rana maintains lead as Chiripal stars on second leg

The second leg of the 10th Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm ended with Team Thunderbolt's Suresh Rana maintaining the lead he had following the end of the first leg. Vinayak Pande reports.
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Updated on Feb 22, 2012 09:51 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, Jaisalmer

Day in pics

Gaurav Chiripal's Vitara was consistently quick in special stages 4 and 5 on Wednesday. HT Photo/Vinayak Pande 1
Gaurav Chiripal's Vitara was consistently quick in special stages 4 and 5 on Wednesday. HT Photo/Vinayak Pande
Updated on Feb 21, 2013 02:30 PM IST
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Rana leads as Sidhu pulls out of Desert Storm

Team Thunderbolt’s Suresh Rana leads following the first leg of the 2012 Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm following the retirement of last year’s winner Sunny Sidhu. Vinayak Pande reports.
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Updated on Feb 22, 2012 11:35 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, Bikaner

10th Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm

Gaurav Chiripal's Vitara managed to fall just short of the 150 kmph mark on the flat out sections of the eighth special stage. HT/Vinayak Pande 23
Gaurav Chiripal's Vitara managed to fall just short of the 150 kmph mark on the flat out sections of the eighth special stage. HT/Vinayak Pande
Updated on Feb 27, 2012 06:11 PM IST
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And the hunt continues...

Sebastian Vettel may be dominating Formula One with Mark Webber looking in fine form too (provided he doesn't get bamboozled by this year's Pirelli tyres) but Red Bull Racing know that nothing lasts forever. Vinayak Pande writes.
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Updated on Feb 19, 2012 07:26 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, New Delhi

Easing into the racing world

Given that 16-year-old Shahaan Engineer was taking part in a series where the average age of the drivers participating was 22 and most had far more racing experience than the Mumbai-born rookie, taking part in the Toyota Racing Series was going to be an uphill task for Engineer. Vinayak Pande writes.
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Updated on Feb 15, 2012 08:36 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, New Delhi

If not F1 power, then not a dream worth living for Narain Karthikeyan

On paper, Narain Karthikeyan may have signed for the same HRT F1 team that he drove for last year, thus ensuring the sort of continuity that drivers in the fickle world of Formula One crave for to advance their careers. A closer look reveals there is little about the Spanish team that is the same as the 2011 season, writes Vinayak Pande.
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Updated on Feb 05, 2012 10:44 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande

Long practice hours, a great car, Bolisetti has all he can hope for

Sailesh Bolisetti, the 2010 Volkswagen Polo Cup champion will race in this year's British GT Championship for Team Lotus Sport UK. Bolisetti's Polo Cup title won him a fully paid drive in the 2011 VW Scirocco R Cup where he finished 15th in the points standings.
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Updated on Jan 23, 2012 01:05 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, New Delhi

Come one, come all if driving on an F1 track is your plan

For a fee of Rs 15,000 a total of 50 drivers, with a contingency for ten more, will be allowed to bring any car with an engine cylinder capacity of 1,000 cc or over and drive on the Buddh International Circuit for a day. Vinayak Pande reports. Ultimate trackday
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Updated on Jan 14, 2012 01:01 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, New Delhi

2013 launch for Toyota Etios cup

The Etios Cup will be the second one-make tin-top racing series following the Volkswagen Polo R Cup that started in 2010.
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Updated on Jan 11, 2012 04:04 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, New Delhi

Career break in the land of opportunity

Armaan Ebrahim lands a drive in the Indy Lights series with an eye on a drive in the main Indycar championship. Vinayak Pande reports.
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Updated on Jan 05, 2012 02:00 AM IST
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India's two-wheel trailblazer

The only Indian to qualify for MotoGP, 2012 will be the year for Chennai's Sarath to prove himself worthy for the big leagues. Vinayak Pande reports. Journey so far
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Updated on Jan 04, 2012 01:05 AM IST
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Sound track

F1's arrival in India heralds a bright future for speed junkies, both behind the wheel and in the stands. Vinayak Pande writes. Watch out for | Waiting to exhale | The road gets straighter
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Updated on Dec 24, 2011 02:28 AM IST
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What India can learn from Malaysia in F1

Following the successful staging of India's first Formula One race, it is interesting to take a closer look at the circuit that kick-started the sport's expansion in Asia. Vinayak Pande writes.
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Updated on Dec 07, 2011 12:21 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, Sepang

Gritty Afiq fails to knock Austrian Auer off the top

Even winning ten of the final 12 races of the inaugural JK Racing Asia Series was ultimately not enough for Malaysia's Afiq Ikhwan Yazid from stopping Austria's Lucas Auer from winning the title by a margin of seven points.
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Updated on Dec 05, 2011 01:22 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, Sepang, Malaysia

Pole position for Yazid

Afiq Ikhwan Yazid of Malaysia took the pole position in the first of the final-four races of the inaugural JK Racing Asia Series at the Sepang International Circuit on Saturday.
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Updated on Dec 03, 2011 11:09 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, Sepang

Taking the road less travelled

Twenty two-year-old Armaan Ebrahim has had his mind set on a career in top flight single seat racing for a while now. That was the intention when he stepped into the cockpit of an A1 GP car in 2005 till competing in his third season in the Formula Two championship this season. Vinayak Pande reports.
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Updated on Dec 10, 2011 07:22 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, New Delhi

Breaking down F1's silly season

As the Formula One season heads towards its season finale in Brazil this weekend, the focus shifts on to the traditional game of musical chairs played between drivers in various stages of their F1 careers.
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Updated on Nov 22, 2011 11:43 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, New Delhi

Restriction of resources

It seems like a no-brainer to get Formula One teams to stop burning through hundreds of crores of rupees on windtunnel testing and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software to design cars that they proudly tout can ride (in theory) upside down on the roof of a tunnel at speeds at or over 160 kmh. Vinayak Pande writes.
Updated on Nov 21, 2011 11:22 AM IST
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Right place wrong time

The majority of hardcore Formula One fans had only two real complaints about the 2010 season that featured a thrilling four-way showdown for the drivers' championship at the last the last race of the season. Vinayak Pande reports.
Updated on Nov 17, 2012 08:02 PM IST
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Surviving F1’s roulette wheel and thriving

Statistically speaking, Britain's Anthony Davidson has every reason to be bitter. "The Ant", as the diminutive 32-year-old is known in motorsports circles, has to his name 24 F1 starts, no wins, points or podiums. But statistics, as always, tell only half the story.
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Updated on Nov 18, 2011 06:56 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, New Delhi

Twists & turns aplenty in run-up to i1’s debut

Getting your foot in the door is never easy. Darshan M, the CEO of Machdar Motorsports should know all about that as he undertakes the ambitious task of setting up a domestic motor racing series with the intention of raising the sport’s profile in India.
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Updated on Nov 09, 2011 11:48 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Vinayak Pande, New Delhi
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