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Narain Karthikeyan was pleasantly surprised by the improvement in track conditions, based on what he witnessed while walking the circuit in India on Thursday. This weekend, the HRT driver will race at the track in Formula 1 for the second time.
Last year, Karthikeyan was drafted back into the Spanish team for one final race of the season, having previously been replaced by Daniel Ricciardo. In Vitantonio Liuzzi’s car, the Indian impressed many by finishing ahead of his team-mate.
“I think the track is already in a lot better condition than last year,” Karthikeyan explains. “It was very dusty and, because of the landscaping that they have done, the dust has settled. There's no more construction around the circuit, so we already have a higher level of grip, and the circuit looks quite nice.
“As you know, I drove the MR Formula 2000 car a month ago; the track was already very good. Temperatures won't matter…they are going to drop a few degrees from today, I think, but it's okay.”
Karthikeyan’s future in F1 is again uncertain as the end of the campaign approaches, with Dani Clos tipped to be taking an HRT race seat for 2013.
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