Karthikeyan hoping for successful USA return
12 November 2012 – HRT driver Narain Karthikeyan is hoping that the Circuit of the Americas can secure the country's long-term future in Formula 1. Following a five-year absence from the sport, the United States makes its return in Austin, Texas this weekend.
"The Circuit of The Americas looks like a promising layout, lots of parts from different circuits around the world but what I’m looking forward to most is the massively uphill turn one," said Chennai-born Karthikeyan. "These gradient changes do well to add to the circuit’s character as we’ve seen in India so it is going to be a challenging layout.
"As a driver, it would be up to us to do the maximum number of laps possible on Friday to learn the circuit and get the base set-up right and then take it from there. I raced in F1 the last time it was in America, back at Indianapolis in 2005 and then NASCAR in 2010 and I really enjoyed racing there; the fan following is huge.
"It would be great to see Formula 1 being successful in such a promising market and hopefully with this new facility and an entertaining circuit, it will happen soon enough."
America last hosted a Grand Prix at Indianapolis in 2007, but the event was heavily damaged two years previous when only the six Bridgestone runners competed.