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Narain hopes for GP circuit in India

LONDON: Encouraged by the growing popularity of Formula One racing in the country, driving sensation Narain Karthikeyan hopes a grand prix circuit will come up in India by the next two or three years.

``China has one, so the feeling is that India, which is one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, must get one quickly,'' The Sunday Times ``quotes the Indian as saying.

``People (in India) who knew nothing about it watch every race, and the viewing figures are between 60m and 100m, second only to cricket. And the understanding is good; they know Nick Heidfeld couldn't do much in the Jordan last year, so they don't expect me to be at the front. They'd love me to pick up the odd point, which, with a little luck, I'm sure we can. The sponsors are pretty happy with the exposure they're getting,'' he added.

No point moaning

Meanwhile, refusing to be bogged down by the popular perception that he and teammate Tiago Monteiro are the only drivers in an ``old'' car, Narain said, "I knew funds were tight, so there's no point moaning. Better to concentrate on making the most of what we've got. It's not easy for a rookie to make a big impression from the start, because it's a huge learning curve with the car and the circuits, and minimal testing doesn't help. But I haven't made many mistakes, some of my qualifying laps have been pretty good, and in Imola my race pace was strong.''

Despite the limitations, the Indian has been impressive right from his first practice in Australia, where he consistently lapped within a second of the best efforts of Ralf Schumacher, Mark Webber and Jacques Villeneuve. Though he finished only 14th in Imola, Narain's fastest lap was quicker than any managed by Webber, Schumacher and David Coulthard.

Jordan sporting director Trevor Carlin also showered praise on the Indian and said, "He's fast and committed, fearless around high-speed corners, and he's worked very, very hard on improving his fitness, which was an area where some people reckoned he might struggle.

Before the season began I thought he'd be so committed that he was bound to have one or two `offs', but he's been superb at finding the limit without going over it.''

``He's surprised a lot of people, but he's worked very hard and he's quick. He'll be here next year, hopefully with us,'' Carlin added. — UNI

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