Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 10/21/11
New Delhi: Narain Karthikeyan has learnt to deal with the media with a smile.In his comeback year in Formula One,it's a much more relaxed pose that Karthikeyan strikes when fielding questions about the car,his team and Formula One in general.So how much has F1 charged since he left it? "Not much,in broad terms.It is still ruthless,supremely efficient and incredibly charged," is his quick response.This newly-found comfort could well be thanks to his stint in NASCAR ,where away from the harsh glare of the ever-doubting Indian media,Karthikeyan learnt to let his guard down and revel in being a race driver.His decision to return to Formula One earlier in the year,when he signed up with Hispania Racing Team,wasn't surprising considering that the Indian Grand Prix had been slotted to make its 2011 debut.But leaving behind a paying racing stint must've involved some deliberation." NASCAR was lucrative,but the lure of Formula One,it being the pinnacle of motorsport was too much to stay away from," is NK's honest response."In fact,the money I made while racing in NASCAR was spent funding the drive even before the F1 season kicked off ! But then,I didn't want to pass up on an F1 return because I didn't want to spend the rest of my life thinking 'what if '.What swung the decision was definitely the Indian Grand Prix.The Buddh International Circuit is just a week away from its date with history and Karthikeyan will be on the grid as an HRT driver."The Indian GP was a crucial part of the equation to be honest," he states."A local race can do a lot for motorsport in a country,including increased awareness and unlocking sponsor potential like it has already been showcased with several Indian brands associating themselves with the Indian GP.Plus as a driver,even though I haven't experienced it - I can imagine what a buzz competing in front of your home crowd would be like and it is something I'm hoping to come to terms with when I line up on that grid." On Thursday,Base Batteries chose to make public their association with the HRT F1 team.Base Batteries have been supplying the F1 team with batteries since May.Equally charged is the equation between Karthikeyan and his younger counterpart Karun Chandhok.Though both prefer to say little about the other,the fact that a rivalry exists can't be denied.And that extends to garnering sponsorship too."I can talk for myself.I've got the support of the Tata group for a decade now.Hero Motors,Base batteries and MRF Tyres also support me.They all are very happy to sponsor me exclusively.Nevertheless,I would say the more drivers we have at any level of world motorsport,the better it is.It raises the stock of India,in the eyes of the rest of the world,as a nation which can produce world-class talent.And that can only be a good thing;there is plenty of potential waiting to be unlocked out there," the 34-year-old said.HRT is not the most organised team out there but obviously there are a lot of hopes pinned on Karthikeyan.Aware that people want him to win a race,all he wants is to be able to finish the race."We have limited resources and we try to make the best use of what is available.Finishing the race with some points will be a tall order,my emphasis will be on just finishing the race,' he tries to bring down the expectation to realistic proportions.
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