Narain in for testing times

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:52 IST

India's first Formula One driver, Narain Karthikeyan, knows it will be tough for his team to pick up points again this season.

Narain in for testing times
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The Formula One team Jordan has had an average season so far. They only picked up points in the controversial US Grand Prix where just six teams participated, and are currently ranked 8th out of the 10 teams in the constructors standings. India's first Formula One driver, Narain Karthikeyan, knows it will be tough for his team to pick up points again this season. He is hopeful that the home support at Silverstone will help them put on a better show. "Silverstone is a great circuit, I've been racing here for a long time and I've had my first podium in the British Formula 3 championship. Hopefully we can get a good result," he said. Tough challenge however, proposed changes in Jordan next year could spell trouble for Karthikeyan's prospects. Jordan's Russian-born Canadian owner Alex Shnaider has reiterated that apart from a new name, the team will probably have a Russian and a Canadian driver next year. "Everything is going according to plan. At the end of this year we will re-brand the team into Midland F1. It will be a global team next year with a distinct Russian flavour," Shnaider said. "We will take all the positive things that we've learned this year and we will improve the team for next year," he added. Excluding the four-place finish at the controversial Indy Grand Prix, Karthikeyan's best finish from 11 races has been 11th at the Malaysian Grand Prix--certainly not good enough for him to retain his card.

Topics : Formula 1 Michael Schumacher Brawn Honda Giancarlo Fisichella Lewis Hamilton Sepang International Circuit McLaren
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