What was just a rumor in the past days has become reality, HRT F1 Team has revealed today that they have signed a contract with Narain Karthikeyan so he will get to drive for the team in 2012 as well.
The Chennai born pilot will have he’s second year with the team and will start the season alongside Pedro de la Rosa in Melbourne Australia.
The word is that he team will return to action next week in the first official pre-season test in Jerez, with Pedro de la Rosa as a single pilot. In this way the Spanish team will use the old F111 hopping that new technical team could learn and will be able to understand better the new HRT F112 being constructed. Narain Karthikeyan will be incorporated into the second practice to be held from 21 to 24 February at the Circuit de Catalunya.
Narain Karthikeyan: "We had to work hard to get this but I am very happy to be part of the grid in 2012 with HRT F1 Team. I was satisfied of our good performance in the Indian GP in front of my home crowd, and, from this result, I hope to move forward in 2012. I’ve been training hard since then to be prepared to face the demands of F1 if the opportunity arose. I am delighted to have signed with HRT F1 Team. With the new direction, Peter and the team, there is potential for progress. We have to understand that F1 is new in India, host our first race last year and was a resounding success. To keep growing, the presence of an Indian pilot will keep interest along the season. I am proud to have the opportunity to forge a stronger connection between the F1 In day and once again "