Karthikeyan gunning for Belgian GP

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:47 IST

Narain Karthikeyan is banking on his past memories of the challenging circuit for a good lap time in the Belgian Grand Prix this weekend.

Karthikeyan gunning for Belgian GP

Spa-Francorchamps:

Narain Karthikeyan is banking on his past memories of the challenging circuit for a good lap time in the Belgian Grand Prix this weekend. "This track is better suited to our cars. Monza is very low downforce but here there are more options with aerodynamics," he said.The 28-year-old realised that the circuit had undergone some modifications since he last drove here, but believed that experience would still be of use to him. New challenges"I won here in F3 in 2000 in Jackie Stewardt's team. Of course, that was on the old configuration of the track. The "bus stop" chicane wasn't as slow as it is now," he said."I can tell you that the famous Eau Rouge and Pouhon corners are really breath-taking and challenging," he added. "Blanchimont is another challenging corner where you have to be very confident on the entry and have a very well-balanced car to get a good lap time". Originally, the track was a 14 km triangle of public roads linking the three Belgian towns of Malmidy, Francorchamps and Stavelot, and it was on these roads that the track's legend was born.Creating historyThe first Belgian Grand Prix held here on June 18, 1950 was the fifth race in Formula One history. The new seven km circuit layout was first used in 1979, and it is that track, but for a few alterations, which exists today and that is now called Spa-Francorchamps. This circuit is long and a major challenge for the teams and tyre manufacturers. Stability is very important all around the circuit - good grip and traction are critical. On the test driver Anthony Davidson -- the new addition to the Jordan team -- Karthikeyan said every input contributed in the progress of the team. "Every race is important. Every input makes the team progress. Having a driver like Davidson test with the team is an asset. He has 150,000 km experience of testing in a Formula One which will be really useful for us," he said. He also said the other major issue at Spa is the weather conditions, which could be unstable. (PTI)



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