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With the owners of HRT looking out for prospective buyers for the team, Narain Karthikeyan may have to consider a career in something other than Formula 1.
The 35-year-old joined the Spanish squad in 2011, although he didn’t race the full season then, and has taken part in all the races this year. But doubts have emerged about his future with HRT after the latest developments.
"The plan for me was to stay with HRT for 2013 as it was looking good all along," Karthikeyan was quoted saying by the Times of India.
"As a team we have been making progress and the design for the 2013 car is reasonably competitive. I was quite sure of everything being in place and thus there was no Plan B.
"But everything has turned on its head... as you can imagine,” he said referring to Thesan Capital’s plans to sell the team. “The solution won't arrive overnight.
"I may be forced to look beyond F1 now, so looks like it is going to be a very busy off-season," the Indian confessed.
Karthikeyan was replaced in the first practice sessions for Grands Prix several times this season with Ma Qing Hua taking the wheel in those outings.
Recent speculation has indicated that investors from China are reportedly interested in taking over the team suggesting that Qing Hua may replace Karthikeyan for 2013.
According to his agent, the 24-year-old is expected to take part in his home race at the Chinese Grand Prix next year despite the team seeking new owners.
"No matter who will be the boss, the team is still there. So what I need to focus on now is to improve myself through training," Qing Hua was quoted saying by Fujian's Southeastern Express.