Date: 24th October 2011 at 10:36am
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Indian driver Narain Karthikeyan will be the centre of attention this weekend at the Buddh International Circuit.

Karthikeyan is the only confirmed Indian driver racing this weekend with Lotus yet to announce a decision regarding Karun Chandhok.

‘Driving in front of the home crowd cheering on is a once in a lifetime experience and I feel extremely fortunate, it’s going to be a surreal experience. There is a huge buzz around the grand prix already and I’m sure that it’ll be a resounding success.’ Karthikeyan told Autosport Magazine.

Karthikeyan has tested for HRT during Friday practice in Singapore, Japan and Korea, but this will be his first race back in Formula One since he was replaced by Daniel Ricciardo following the European Grand Prix.

The 34-year-old will not re-take his place ahead of Red Bull development driver Ricciardo, instead he will replace former team-mate Vitantonio Liuzzi for the event, with Liuzzi re-taking the seat for the remainder of the season.

HRT Team Principal Colin Kolles added: ‘Despite not being the most popular sport in India, the excitement around the Grand Prix makes us think that it will be an extremely popular event and for HRT, it is even more special. Having Narain Karthikeyan, the first Indian driver in F1 history, and Tata with us makes it feel like a home race.

‘Narain is a talented driver and we are proud to be going down this path with him. I have asked Tonio Liuzzi to step aside for the Indian GP and I have to thank him for his professional approach and attitude.’

 

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