Karthikeyan pleased to beat Pic to 23rd

Karthikeyan pleased to beat Pic to 23rd

27 October 2012 – Narain Karthikeyan will line up 23rd on the grid for his second home Grand Prix, filling the penultimate slot in India. Although the HRT driver could not out-qualify team-mate Pedro de la Rosa, he did manage to stay in front of Charles Pic’s Marussia.

“Overall, I’m happy with the performance we showed in the qualifying session,” he summed up. “On my second run, I made a mistake on Lap 10 which cost me a couple of tenths, but the large amount of cars on the track was the main problem as we didn’t find a gap to go as quick as we would have liked.

“Despite this I’m happy because we finished ahead of one of the Marussias. My time was almost identical to Pedro’s and we’ve got good pace, so we can be satisfied. The car has improved and tomorrow we will try to continue progressing to achieve a good result in front of my home crowd.”

With Karthikeyan and de la Rosa, HRT has the oldest driver line-up in the pit lane. Today, just one thousandth of a second separated the duo.

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