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Season 3: A1 sets date with Karthikeyan for now

By , agencyfaqs!, New Delhi | In Others | September 26, 2007
In town to announce his association with the breakaway motor racing league, A1GP, popularly known as 'the world of motorsports', Karthikeyan couldn't hide his love for Formula 1

Narain & #BANNER1 & # Karthikeyan, the face of motor racing in India, is a busy man these days. In Delhi to announce his association with the breakaway motor racing league, A1GP, popularly known as 'the world of motorsports', Karthikeyan couldn't hide his love for Formula 1.

"If I have to make a choice, it would obviously be F1. For the moment, however, I'm committed to A1GP till December. I'm talking with a few teams in F1, including Spykar, and if it does not clash, I would be happy to race for Team India," said Karthikeyan at the Maurya Sheraton.

In a way, the tie-up between the A1GP and Karthikeyan is beneficial to both parties. Karthikeyan, who is currently test driving for Williams in F1, is waiting in the wings to be signed up by liquor baron Vijay Mallya for his recently bought Spykar team and till that happens, he can sharpen his skills with the A1GP. For the A1GP, after two not-so-impressive seasons, the entry of Karthikeyan into Team India should generate some interest. Karthikeyan is no Alonso or Raikkonen, but he's a big enough motor sport name in South Asia.

Narain Karthikeyan
The AIGP has its backup plan ready in case Karthikeyan joins Spykar midway. Yohann Setna, A1GP Team India's chief operating officer, says, "If Narain's F1 and A1GP commitments clash, we have other options in Karun Chandhok, Armaan Ebrahim and Parthiva Sureshwaren."

The first race in Zandvoort will start on September 30. The circuit at Zandvoort is a challenging one and all the teams will be pushed to their limits to try and win the opening fixture. With stiff competition from established nations such as Great Britain, France, Italy a