Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 10/24/11
Narain Karthikeyan knew that being part of a small team in the glamorous world of Formula One would mean dealing with a lot of limitations but such was the emotional appeal of racing in his home Indian Grand Prix that he readily gave up a comfortable NASCAR seat to switch back to F1. The 34-year-old Karthikeyan joined Spanish outfit Hispania for the 2011 season, marking his return to F1, and does not regret leaving a racing seat in NASCAR , where he could have earned money as well as establish his racing career. "F1 is the pinnacle of motorsport and it is definitely worth the sacrifices that I've made. The fact that Indian GP was on the calendar did play a part in my decision to return to F1 despite my comfortable position in NASCAR last year. But no regrets, I didn't want to think 'what if?'," Karthikeyan told PTI in an interview as he prepared for the historic October 30 race in Greater Noida. Karthikeyan drove in the first half of the season before being replaced by Daniel Ricciardo. Asked if he thought of going back to NASCAR , he shook his head, saying the promise of driving in a home race was enough encouragement and inspiration. "I have been completely dedicated to F1 this year so I didn't have any thoughts of going back. The circumstances were difficult but I was assured that I'd be driving the Indian GP which was certainly encouraging. Being out of a full-time race seat is always a hard decision, so it was just one of those hurdles," he said. MORE PTI AT PM PM 10231242
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