|Narain Karthikeyan poses at an event to publicize ‘The MRF Challenge 2012’ at a mall in Chennai, India, Friday, Aug. 24, 2012. MRF, an Indian tyre manufacturer, will host the series consisting of four rounds starting October 2012 © AP Photo/Arun Sankar.K
Narain Karthikeyan’s hopes of performing a demonstration run in a Formula 1 car in the south Indian state of Kerala was quashed as the scheduled date “would be a busy day for shoppers”.
The demo run was intended for August 28, a day before the harvest festival of Onam begins, but the tourism department cancelled it on account of the festive season.
“Tourism Minister A P Anil Kumar said the department would try to hold the F1 demo drive during the Grand Kerala Shopping Festival to be held from December 1 to February 15,” reported the Press Trust of India.
Incidentally, nearly 30 percent of the tickets sold for this year’s edition of the Indian Grand Prix have been booked by fans in South India.
The proposed demo run was even subjected to a Public Interest Litigation, filed by a social activist who reasoned that the location of the run had a speed limit of 40 kmph and hence should not be allowed.
It is unclear whether the PIL had a role in the cancellation of the demo run.