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Old 1st February 2005, 13:32   #16
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so for a change ,our new channels can be reliable.

imagine narain in a jordan out qualifying trulli in his toyota and then imagine narain showing his middle finger to the likes of JPM,RB....while lapping them
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This is awesome news! provided it is a confirmed!! Finally it'll happen, an Indian in F1. hmmmmmmmmm, now i wonder if this will further improve the number of F1 following in India.
All we can do is pray that he gets in!
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Default Karthikeyan secures Jordan F1 drive

Read the article here in Rediff:

http://in.rediff.com/sports/2005/feb/01karth.htm


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excerpts from the rediff link:

http://in.rediff.com/sports/2005/feb/01karth.htm


Indian driver Narain Karthikeyan will drive for Jordan in the 2005 Formula One season after securing an offer from the team, his manager said on Tuesday.

"Narain has been offered a full drive by Jordan as their number one driver. He has accepted it," Sanjay Sharma said.

Sharma said Narain had given his confirmation to Jordan and would address a news conference in Mumbai later on Tuesday.

Jordan have yet to announce their drivers for the 2005 season, which starts next month.

Narain, 28, was the first Indian to drive a Formula One car and has test driven for Jordan, Jaguar and Minardi in the last three years.

Minardi offered him a drive in 2003, but Narain missed out as he was unable to raise the huge sum required to secure the offer.

Narain currently drives in the World Series Championships

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so for a change ,our new channels can be reliable.

imagine narain in a jordan out qualifying trulli in his toyota and then imagine narain showing his middle finger to the likes of JPM,RB....while lapping them


i wish that all this becomes true and we will have our own Indian Flags at GPs
and we will buy Narain merchandise and wear them proudly ....
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According to the BBC news :
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/moto...ne/4224963.stm

Karthikeyan 'handed Jordan drive'

Jordan were taken over after finishing ninth last season
India's Narain Karthikeyan has secured a Formula One drive with Jordan in 2005, according to his manager.
"Narain has been offered a drive by Jordan as their number one. He has accepted," Sanjay Sharma told Reuters.
Sharma said Narain, who has tested for Jordan, Jaguar and Minardi in the last three years, would hold a news conference in Bombay later on Tuesday.

Jordan, who were recently taken over by the Midland group, are yet to announce their drivers for the new season.
However, Midland F1 managing director Colin Kolles has expressed an interest in signing BAR test driver Anthony Davidson.

Narain, 28, was the first Indian to drive a Formula One car and last year raced for Red Bull in the World Series by Nissan.
He was offered an F1 drive by Minardi in 2003 but was unable to raise the huge sum required to secure the offer.
However, his F1 hopes were boosted by Midland's takeover of Jordan and the presence of Midland sporting director Trevor Carlin, for whom he raced in the British Formula Three.
"Trevor Carlin's presence was big plus as he had always bet on Narain's capabilities," said Sharma.

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imagine narain in a jordan out qualifying trulli in his toyota
that'l be the day ! i think he shud aim slightly lower to begin with..

but this is big news..
its about time he got an F1 drive
hope he has the pace tho..
he'l be playing with the big boys !

i wonder how much he had to cough up to secure the drive..
must be quite a bit
i'm guessing 8-12 crores atleast
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i wonder how much he had to cough up to secure the drive..
must be quite a bit
i'm guessing 8-12 crores atleast
I would guess that Bharat Petroleum has to cough up around 4.5 Crores MINIMUM to upto about 9 Crores MEDIUM LEVEL GUESS to a MAXIMUM of 12 Crores .......
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Whatever the amount, its actually nice to see an Indian company cough up a substantial amount for sport other than Cricket. As far as I remember Narain had lost a drive at Minardi for races just because Tata couldnt shell out 5 crores in a time span of 4 days saying it wasnt enough time.

I really hope Narain makes it this time. They says its confirmed but I want to hear it from the horses mouth itself.

Waiting to see the Indian tri coloured helmet on the grid this season

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I would guess that Bharat Petroleum has to cough up around 4.5 Crores MINIMUM to upto about 9 Crores MEDIUM LEVEL GUESS to a MAXIMUM of 12 Crores .......

BPCL also has to cough up abt 5500rs every month for the 100 liters of speed 97 that it has promised to our Master Blaster.
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BPCL also has to cough up abt 5500rs every month for the 100 liters of speed 97 that it has promised to our Master Blaster.
I think its time for them BPCL to cough uo every month for our speed master
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So finally, India gets into F1. Can't wait for the season to start.

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Wow this is great news.... finally an Indian in F1 scene. Great going Narain!
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Time for me to go to Malaysia and wave the Indian flag for Narain ....
Time for an Indian Flag to fly proudly at all F1 Venues ...
Time for an INDIAN GP
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Dippy, did you win any Malaysian tickets this year too? Heheh

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