Karthikeyan delighted to qualify

2011-04-09 14:36

Sepang, Malaysia – Indian Narain Karthikeyan was delighted after clocking a fast enough time to qualify for tomorrow’s Malaysian Grand Prix.

After a five-year absence from the sport, the 34-year-old Hispania driver will start in 24th position, a marked improvement for his team, who were too slow to qualify in Melbourne two weeks ago.

Karthikeyan, who raced for Jordan in 2005, said he was delighted be in the race.

“We made it through qualifying which was our aim for today,” he said.

“The car is virtually brand new so it’s good to get some more mileage done, the more time we can get out on the track the better.

“I flat spotted my second set of tyres on turn one so it was hard to set a good time with them after that but everybody worked extremely hard and we’re delighted to be in the race.”

Karthikeyan admitted a sense of relief as the Sepang circuit had been earmarked as one of the toughest circuits for his team to qualify.

“We marked Sepang on the calendar beforehand as one of the toughest circuits to get under the 107% time so it’s a great satisfaction to have done it,” he said.

“Now I hope to finish tomorrow’s race and get a lot more laps under my belt with the new car. They’re forecasting rain for tomorrow so you never know what will happen out there.”

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.