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Narain Karthikeyan Profile

By Phil Giles
February 3 2005

Narain Karthikeyan
Narain Karthikeyan.

“We have been very lucky to put together a driver line-up which gives us a really strong package in terms of youth, technical ability, speed and talent.” - Trevor Carlin

Date of birth:
January 14, 1977
Chennai, India
Coimbatore, India
Height: 1.68m
Weight: 64 kg

  • Karthikeyan’s signing marks the entry of the first ever Indian driver to the top echelons of motorsport, giving Formula One exceptional appeal in India with the potential for an enormous new audience and business market associated with a national racing hero known as "the fastest Indian on wheels".
  • Trevor Carlin, Jordan’s Sporting Director, said, "I know Narain very well because he drove for me in 1998 in Formula 3 and I have run him in various formulas every year since then. We’ve won a lot of races together. He’s very competitive, a super-quick driver, sometimes a little bit raw and wild in his style but he is a proven race winner and I am confident that in our environment he will thrive. He’s ready for F1 now I think he’ll do a good job for us.

Race Career

  • 1992
    ELF Winfield Racing School, France – won debut race Pilote Elf Competition for Formula Renault.
  • 1993
    Formula Maruti Formula Vauxhall Junior championship
  • 1994
    Formula Ford Zetec. First Indian to win the British Formula Ford Winter series. Podium at Portuguese Grand Prix support race at Estoril.
  • 1995
    Formula Asia. Four races, second at Shah Alam in Malaysia
  • 1996
    Won Formula Asia championship with a host of records. The only Indian and only Asian to win the Formula Asia International series.
  • 1997
    Sixth in the British Formula Opel Championship
  • 1998
    British Formula 3 (Carlin Motorsport) - eight races, two 3rd place finishes at Spa-Francochamps and Silverstone
  • 1999
    Autosport British Formula 3 Championship (Carlin Motorsport), 5 podiums, 2 wins at Brands Hatch, 2 pole positions, 3 fastest laps, 2 lap records. 6th in the championship among 30 drivers Qualified sixth and finished the second leg of the Macau Grand Prix in 6th place.
  • 2000
    British F3 Championship - fourth place overall. 1 lap record, pole at Macau Grand Prix, wins in Spa and the Korea F3 Super Prix
  • 2001
    First Indian to test a Formula One car, with Jaguar at Silverstone. Additional F1 tests with Benson & Hedges Jordan Honda at Silverstone and Mugello. Formula Nippon Championship
  • 2002
    Formula Nissan World Series (Team Tata RC Motorsport)
  • 2003
    Formula Nissan World Series (Carlin Motorsport) F1 test with Minardi
  • 2004
    Formula Nissan World Series (Team Tata RC Motorsport), FIA GT Championship
  • 2005
    FIA F1 World Championship (Jordan Grand Prix) – Race Driver

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