Karthikeyan finds budget to tempt Force India

© F1 Pulse, 11 February 2013
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Force India has reportedly offered Narain Karthikeyan a role with the team this season, sweeping aside all previous notions that no current Indian driver was good enough for the Silverstone-based outfit.

At the first pre-season test at Jerez, Force India fielded Paul di Resta, along with development driver James Rossiter and tester Jules Bianchi, with the second seat’s vacancy still a big question mark.

Karthikeyan, however, has been approached by Force India to fill in the reserve driver slot although the 36-year-old is keen to bag a race seat instead.

“As soon as Narain’s long-term sponsors Tata increased the budget for 2013, talks with Force India began,” an anonymous source told the Deccan Chronicle who stated that the negotiation has been a lot more positive.

“As reserve drivers don’t have much of a role in F1 these days, Narain is only interested in the second driver seat. If talks fail, he will probably go to America for IndyCar series where a couple of teams have already shown interest,” the source added.

A second driver is expected to be announced before the start of the third test at Barcelona.

 

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