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Narain Karthikeyan awarded Padma Shree (Indian Civilian Honour)

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Just got the following press release from Narain’s camp :

Narain Karthikeyan 2009 Padma Shri

“The Fastest Indian in The World”, Narain Karthikeyan has been honoured by the Government of India by bestowing upon him the Padma Shri Award in recognition of his distinguished contribution in the sphere of sports. This is a great honour, not only for Narain himself, but also recognizes Indian Motorsport for the first time in history. Up to 2009, only 2,255 people have been granted this distinct honour.

Upon learning of his award, Narain said, “I am deeply honoured and humbled by the Government of India in receiving this award. It is truly a great day, not only in my life, but also in the life of Indian Motorsport. I have countless people to thank and credit for this achievement – first and foremost of which is my family, without whose unrelenting support, my career would not have taken the path it has. My sponsors, the Tata Group, Bharat Petroleum, JK Tyres and Amaron, who have supported me for so many years, as well as MRF Tyres, with whom I have recently entered into a partnership, have also been crucial to my success as a racing driver. I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every person at all of these companies who have supported and believed in me for so many years. Last, but not least, I owe a huge debt of thanks to all of my fans, who have cheered me on through all of my successes. I dedicate this award to all of them.”

The Castrol Motorsport Rankings powered by Autosport, the world’s leading publication on motorsport, were recently launched at the Autosport International Exhibition in Birmingham, UK. In these first ever definitive motorsport ranking system, Narain Karthikeyan has been rated as the top Indian racing driver in the world, ranking 126th out of 2,000 drivers in the overall world classifications, a massive 1,353 points, and 75 places ahead of his nearest Indian rival.

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January 25th, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Brawn GP goes Last to First : Jenson Button claims pole position

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Timo Glock Toyota Rear Wing 2009 Australian Grand Prix

Toyota had their rear wings marked illegal by F1 Stewards due to too much flexibility

Who in their right minds would have bet their money on Brawn GP, a team which until a few weeks ago didnt exist, the erstwhile Honda team whose fate was uncertain after a disastrous season and on Jenson Button who has often been called just another British driver and has been thoroughly overshadowed by McLaren’s own Brit Lewis Hamilton.

Wee this Saturday at Melbourne was not the place to make informed guesses and preditctions, because things didnt go as expected. The McLarens and the Ferraris werent the forces to be reckoned with, but it was the Brawn GP car of Jenson Button which took the pole position. And as if that wasnt enough, forgotten Brazillian driver and Jenson Button’s teammate at Brawn GP Rubens Barrichello was 2nd and will accompany Button in the front row.

Sebastien Vettel was a cool third in his Red Bull Racing car. While Robert Kubica (whom i had considered a favorite) was only 4th fastest. The Ferraris of Felipe Massa and Raikkonen were 7th and 9th respectively. The McLarens were even more pathetic in 15th and 16th place with world champion Lewis Hamilton 16th.

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Spyker is now officially FORCE INDIA formula one team

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Vijay Mallya - Force India formula one Team

Wow, i am really proud to be an Indian today, thanks to Vijay Mallya, Spyker will now officially be called FORCE INDIA formula one team as the FIA accepted Spyker’s application today. Vijay Mallya is an Indian billionaire who owns the UB group which in turn owns brands like Shaw Wallace and Kingfisher.

The logo shall have the Indian tricolor, and he also added that an Indian driver in FORCE India is an option but not a priority and shall be decided after due consultation with the team.
The commercial aspect of formula one in India is huge, with it being considered the coolest of cool sports at least in my college.

Just hope he approaches me to sponsor my site :P (message to him below)
Also Kingfisher India Airlines owns forceindiaf1.com, but its not up yet.

Thanks Mr. Vijay Mallya, hope you decide to sponsor our site 😉

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October 24th, 2007 at 3:37 pm

Lewis Hamilton grabs crucial Japanese Pole

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Japanese Grand Prix Qualifying

It could have gone anywhere, all top four drivers(two from McLaren and two from Ferrari) were neck and neck, but in the end ,it was the rookie Lewis Hamilton who scored the lucky pole position for the 2007 Japanese Grand Prix. Nick Heidfeld a.k.a. Mr. Dependable put in another solid performance. However the most disappointing session was from the Spykers who were expected to do much better with their new B Spec car and new owners.

2007 Formula One Japanese Qualifying Results :

1. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 1 min 25.368 secs
2. Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren 1:25.438
3. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 1:25.516
4. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1:25.765
5. Nick Heidfeld (Germany) BMW Sauber 1:26.505
6. Jenson Button (G.Britain) Honda 1:26.913
7. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull – Renault 1:26.914
8. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Toro Rosso – Ferrari 1:26.973
9. Robert Kubica (Poland BMW Sauber 1:27.225
10. Giancarlo Fisichella (Italy) Renault 1:26.033
11. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Renault 1:26.232
12. David Coulthard (G.Britain) RedBull – Renault 1:26.247
13. Jarno Trulli (Italy) Toyota 1:26.253
14. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Italy) Toro Rosso – Ferrari 1:26.948
15. Ralf Schumacher (Germany) Toyota
16. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Williams – Toyota F1 1:26.728 #
17. Rubens Barichello (Brazil) Honda 1:27.323
18. Alexander Wurz (Austria) Williams – Toyota F1 1:27.454
19. Anthony Davidson (Britain) Super Aguri – Honda 1:27.564
20. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Spyker – Ferrari 1:28.628
21. Takuma Sato (Japan) Super Aguri – Honda 1:28.792
22. Sakon Yamamoto (Japan) Spyker-Ferrari 1:29.688

# Nico Rosberg was penalised 10 places for an engine change.

Formula One’s new romance with India

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One of the fastest growing world economies, a technological superpower, one of the few nations in the world with nuclear weapons and artificial satellites are just some of the achievements of the country called India.

So why was the pinnacle of motorsport yet to get an Indian touch. When i started watching formula one, there was nothing Indian, except maybe some of the sponsors who also sold their stuff in India. But Narain Karthikeyan’s arrival on the motorsport scene changed it all. His sponsors JK Tyres promoted him well. He was christened the fastest Indian on the road(In the air are the Air Force pilots in their Sukhois and MIGs). Soon he was testing for F1 teams, his test in the Jaguar car made sports page headlines in India. Obviously there was only 1 more step to go to reach formula one.

Narain Karthikeyan

His chance came later with the Jordan formula one team. But Jordan wanted Narain to pay for his seat instead of the other way round. At this time, Indian corporate houses like TATAs, Amaron, JK Tyres , Bharat Petroleum etc. supported Narain in his quest to become the first Indian F1 driver and he did become that.

But the season was dismal, he was impressive in the first half outclassing Tiago Monteiro many a times, but reports of a spat between him and team principal meant that he would need a new employer next year. He chose the Williams F1 team, who were offering him a seat as a test driver. And not only that he would be paid for it too unlike the arrangement with the Jordan team.

ralf schumacher with vijay mallya  toyota kingfisher

Then came Mr. Vijay Mallya, i really respect this man(even though i detest alcohol), he is the person most responsible for the current scenario. The man who knows Bernie Ecclestone (i think) wanted formula one in India and worked hard towards it. So much so, that its practically decided now that India will be hosting a F1 race in the near future, it can be as early as 2009 if the Indian Authorities hustle. Bernie Ecclestone has made it clear that F1 can no longer ignore India.

Indian Grand Prix 2009

Not content with that, Dr. Vijay Mallya who is also an MP, has bid for the Spyker formula one team. He has bid alongwith the Mol family of Netherlands, he has expressed his desire to include the word ‘India’ in the team’s new name.

Spyker Formula One French Grand Prix 2007 Practice

Finally India has arrived in formula one, and how !

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September 3rd, 2007 at 1:51 pm

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