Karun Chandhok – Destined for bigger things
With everyone from formula one supremo Bernie Ecclestone to Renault boss Flavio Briatore backing this new contender , he looks all set to do India proud. Touted by many to be the next Indian formula one driver, he is currently racing in the GP2 series considered to be the stepping stone to the world of formula one. His career graph is as impressive as his current job :
2001 : First Asian driver ever to win the first 5 races of a season and winning a total record 8 races in a year, he was also awarded the ‘Most promising Asian driver of the year’ award , he also did testing for the Formula 3 champion team Carlin Motorsport.
2003 : 3rd in the British Formula 3 National class winning a total of 8 races and scoring a whooping 19 podium finishes out of a total of 24 races.
2005 : Became the first driver to represent India in A1 Grand Prix.
2006 : Winner of the first ever Asian Formula Renault V6 Championship , Performed testing for the GP2 team Campos Racing.
2007 : Racing with Durango Racing for the GP2 series , won a GP2 race too. Also tested for Red Bull Formula One team.
2008 : Formula One Hopefully
Narain Karthikeyan – India’s first formula one driver !
Narain Karthikeyan became a household name in 2005 when he drove for the Jordan F1 team, even though the team struggled for pace, Narain was a winner in the hearts of all Indians. His journey to the pinnacle of Formula one has been an impressive one, with him winning many laurels along the way. Here is a quick glance at his career graph. His sponsors like JK Tyres and TATA supported him all through his career and i am sure each and every motorsport fan of India is thankful to these truly great companies who lent him their support.
1994 Formula Ford Championship Class
Formula Ford Zetec
Winner of the British Formula Ford Winter Series
1996 Formula Asia Champion
1999 Formula 3 Championship Class ranked 6th O/A, 5 podiums
Macao Grand Prix finished 6th
2000 Formula 3 Championship Class ranked 4th O/A
Winner of the International F3 race at Spa and the Korean F3 Super Prix
2001 Formula Nippon Championship F3000
Formula One tests with Jaguar and Jordan
2002 Telefonica World Series
2003 Super Fund World Series ranked 4th O/A, 5 podiums
Formula One test with Minardi
2004 World Series by Nissan, 2 wins
2005 FIA Formula One World Championship with Jordan F1 Team, scored one 4th place finish in US Grand Prix.
2006 Test driver for the WilliamsF1 Team
2007 Test driver for the AT&T Williams team and Team India A1GP Driver
2008 A1GP India Driver and Test Driver for AT&T Williams formula one.