Narain Karthikeyan – Keynote Speaker

First Indian driver to race in Formula One

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Specialist Subjects

  • Formula One
  • Sports



  • Hindi


Narain Karthikeyan was born on January 14th, 1977 into an illustrious family renowned as much for its endeavours in education, enterprising businesses and philanthropic passion as it is on the racing circuit. Narain was quick to inherit the racing genes from his father Shri.G.R.Karthikeyan who was a former Indian National rally champion, winning the South India rally seven times.


Recognising his son’s love for the sport, Narain’s father had him enrolled into the prestigious Elf-Winfield School in France to undergo professional training. Since then, there has been no looking back for Narain.


Placing India on the world map of motorsport and called ‘The Fastest Indian in the World’ by Autosport (the world’s premier automotive racing magazine), Narain Karthikeyan continues to bring laurels to the country…


Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has congratulated Narain Karthikeyan for winning the Feature Race in A1GP. Applauding Karthikeyan’s victory, Dr. Singh said “He is a true representative of India’s young spirit and he has set an example for the entire motorsports fraternity of India to follow.”


Narain Karthikeyan featured among the 50 Most Admired People in India, according to a survey by ICMR & 4Ps Magazine. The Business Week issue commemorating the 60th year of Indian Independence listed Narain Kartikeyan as one of the 50 Most Powerful Indians.


Narain Karthikeyan is back again to Formula 1 with HRT in 2011 that he has signed a deal to race for the team. The Indian driver says – “I’ve always maintained that my time in F1 was not over and now making good on that promise. I’m looking forward to racing for HRT and to working again with Dr. Colin Kolles. We have a long standing and excellent working relationship together.”


Speaking to The Times of India about his drive, Karthikeyan said: “It’s been a while in the making, but I am delighted to be racing again in Formula 1 in 2011. I have always maintained that I have not given up on my desire to return to the top level of motorsport. I am confident that I have the pace, the fitness and the will to succeed in Formula 1. I am extremely grateful to the Tata Group, without whose unwavering support this comeback would not have been possible.

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