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Old 8th October 2005, 11:16   #1
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Thumbs up NK at the top of the timecharts in Suzuka!

This deserves a seperate thread!

There's nothing like a wet track to bring out the best in a driver. And if that wet track happens to be a super technical circuit like Suzuka, you can bet your house that drivers doing well in those conditions WILL be noticed.

So, I open itv-f1 today to check out the latest and what do I see...
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The Italian prevailed by just 0.014s from (wait for it) the Jordan of Narain Karthikeyan.."


Our man Narain just 0.014 secs away from the pace setting Renault in the second practice session! That is friggin amazing when you consider the level of machinery he has under him! Granted the Bridgestone wets are superior to the Michelins, but still!!

"The Indian rookie was denied a storybook result by a last-minute flyer from Fisichella, who tripped the timing beam in 1m50.136s as the chequered flag flew on the session."

That he lead the time sheets for most of that practice session was even better. It was only a last minute lap by Fissi that stole NK's thunder.

Now, lets hope it rains on Sunday as well!

1. FISICHELLA Renault 1m50.136s
2. KARTHIKEYAN Jordan 1m50.150s
3. R.SCHUMACHER Toyota 1m50.369s
4. BUTTON BAR 1m50.920s
5. ALBERS Minardi 1m50.994s
6. MONTEIRO Jordan 1m51.223s
7. WEBBER Williams 1m51.274s
8. TRULLI Toyota 1m51.503s
9. COULTHARD Red Bull 1m51.710s
10. DOORNBOS Minardi 1m51.971s
11. ALONSO Renault 1m52.667s
12. KLIEN Red Bull 1m52.897s
13. VILLENEUVE Sauber 1m53.460s
14. BARRICHELLO Ferrari 1m53.739s
15. MASSA Sauber 1m53.842s
16. SATO BAR 1m54.307s
17. PIZZONIA Williams 2m01.075s
18. M.SCHUMACHER Ferrari no time
19. RAIKKONEN McLaren no time
20. MONTOYA McLaren no time
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Old 8th October 2005, 12:06   #2
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He qualified 11th, though...the new Toyota engine seems to hold some promise, but isnt it a case of too little too late?
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Qualifying was a lottery. And it probably is too late for NK, but it just shows that when he's having a good day, he's as quick as the best out there. It's just that he needs to have more good days.
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Narain is a very good wet weather driver and he had showen it even in the season opener in Australia and once again he did well at Suzuka in practice, I hope he does well in the race.
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This is exactly the reason that our Poll Prediction thread always contains the name of the Indian sensation!
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I don't want to sound jerk here
but this was during practise session as most drivers were not pushing hard enough in order to preserve their machinary (stupid engine rule)
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Narian has always shined in the wet. I remember he was on the podium once in British F3 in a totally wet race.
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This is exactly the reason that our Poll Prediction thread always contains the name of the Indian sensation!
Indian, yes. Sensation, ummm..... NO!
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<snip snip>.................. It's just that he needs to have more good days.
More than good days .... id say give him a better car and a better team (may be in the next season) and them put up the competition.

Cheers to Narain!

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More than good days .... id say give him a better car and a better team (may be in the next season) and them put up the competition.

Cheers to Narain!

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He couldnt beat his own team mate in the 6-car Indy race - couldnt have had a better chance than that, could he?

Winners are made of stuff like the Aussie cricket team - CONSISTANT PERFORMANCE is what makes champions, not a VVS Laxman-like once-in-a-bluemoon performance.
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not a VVS Laxman-like once-in-a-bluemoon performance.
Ouch! It hurts bad. Don't compare Laxman here, he has a class. It is not for nothing that most Aussies including Gilchrist, Steve Wagh rate him as very very special. When on Song, he can make SRT/Sehwag pedestrian.
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More than good days .... id say give him a better car and a better team (may be in the next season) and them put up the competition.

Cheers to Narain!

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avarage drivers win with great cars
great drivers win with bad cars

enough said
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avarage drivers win with great cars
great drivers win with bad cars

enough said
Cant agree more, thats why we see MS winning so many races of late in a bad car, he is truly a great driver
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I know NK is not performing they way he should be , but i guess if he gets a drive next year , and hopefully a better car , i am sure he also can come up with some better results. As of right now i can only hope that he has recovered from the crash and is in good health.

Looking forward to seeing him drive the F1 car on the roads of Mumbai ...

Good luck to him and Team A1GP india . Lets hope they make the Tri colour fly high !!!!
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