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Karthikeyan in Orbit

Copse is taken in fifth gear, and flat out; it is easy to make out if the driver lifts off or brakes, both prompting a nasty mid-corner gear change from the semi-automatic gearbox.

The Ferrari grew bigger, blurred out, and created a near-sonic boom as it passed us and screamed through Copse. On its tail was Karthikeyan in the Jaguar, and as the two silhouettes faded into the haze, there was no break in the engine note, no gear shift.

Just the heady howl of two F1 engines, flat out. I remember exchanging glances with Chandhok, who was also speechless. To us, Karthikeyan was already in orbit.

Later, the time sheet would be proof: Karthikeyan, in a one-year-old test mule Jaguar (ancient and obsolete by F1 standards) had lapped Silverstone in 1:26.140 on the 13th (of 15) laps — three seconds slower than Schumacher, who was out for 58 laps.


From the Business Standard, Life & Leisure. Complete article here.

I can't wait for March.

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fox2mike
Feb. 8th, 2005 08:01 am (UTC)
The first GP of the season, Australian.
rythm
Feb. 8th, 2005 08:16 am (UTC)
Yeah dude, cant wait for it.

A dream come true!!
teemus
Feb. 8th, 2005 01:24 pm (UTC)
Copse is taken in fifth gear, and flat out; it is easy to make out if the driver lifts off or brakes
Dude, Copse MUST be taken in fifth gear, otherwise a driver should quit F1. Let's see how he takes Maggots-Becketts complex and Eau Rouge and Blanchimont and 130R...

Again I say, no big deal. Karthikeyan yet has to impress me! :)

reethika
Feb. 8th, 2005 02:15 pm (UTC)
I'll missss it...coz i'll be travelling!! *sniff sniff* lets hope the hotel i'm staying in gets the pay channels.
virtualhalo
Feb. 9th, 2005 11:35 am (UTC)
right
right said fos2mike, now i have three teams to cheer for this season, Mc Larens, BMW, Jordan know why?
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