New Delhi: Narain Karthikeyan, the first Indian to try his hand at big time motor racing, insists his future is hitched to Formula One -- and HRT at that. Ruminating on another tough season, Karthikeyan hopes for his best finish of the year at the second edition of the Indian Grand Prix over the weekend.
"It is obviously a special feeling to be racing at the Buddh Circuit again. The aim is to do better than last year and give the fans something to cheer about," Karthikeyan said.
"We are getting a new rear wing besides the new floor which was damaged in Japan. It should help us in gaining a few tenths."
Talking about his own performance in 2012, he says: "I think I have been driving well and out-qualifying a senior pro like Pedro de la Rosa on a couple of occasions has given me immense confidence. I am fit and good enough to be in F1 for another two-three seasons."
He is fully committed to remaining in F1 for the third straight year and most likely with the same team.
"I don't know where these rumours of me switching to Indycar emanated from. The brightest thing for 2013 will be another season with HRT. I would love to be with a mid-field team, but those chances look remote in this fiercely competitive F1 environment. I know I will not be in the points contentions but as of now just the adrenaline rush of driving an F1 car is good enough for me to go on," said Karthikeyan, who made his F1 debut with the Jordan team in 2005 before returning to the sport last year.
F1 is known for cut-throat competition but it is another world for the teams on the back of the grid. It is something Karthikeyan lives with everyday.