Time Indian GP got govt support: Narain Karthikeyan

Aug 01, 2013, 01:17 IST | IANS

India's first Formula 1 driver Narain Karthikeyan has appealed to the government to support the organisers of the Indian GP.

“I have been racing all around the world for almost two decades but people started asking me about India only after we hosted the F1 race here,” Karthikeyan said.

Narain Karthikeyan
Narain Karthikeyan

The former HRT and Jordan driver, who is currently competing in the Auto GP series, added that the growth of motor sports in the country is linked to the fate of the Indian GP.

“The quality of domestic racing has improved a lot in the last two years. You have the likes of Toyota, Volkswagen, MRF investing heavily here. The youngsters are getting exposure by driving high-quality cars. If F1 goes away, I doubt if we can carry on with the same intensity,” he said.

“All I am saying is that the government doesn’t have to support the event financially. Jaypee are doing all they can on that front. The authorities just need to follow what the other countries are doing.” 

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