Narain Karthikeyan

Birth Date: 14 January 1977 Home Town: Madras, India
Nationality: Indian Web:

Narain Karthikeyan became the first ever Formula 1 driver from India when he competed for Jordan at the 2005 Australian Grand Prix. To add a touch of gloss, he qualified in 12th place, ahead of reigning world champion Michael Schumacher.

Karthikeyan took his best Formula 1 result with 4th place at that year's US Grand Prix at Indianapolis. For the following two years he switched to Williams, where he was the test driver. He then made a return to motor racing's highest echelon for the HRT team in 2011 and 2012, bringing his grand prix count close to the 50 mark.

In 2013 Karthikeyan had a successful campaign in AutoGP, winning five races to add to earlier success in a wide range of series including British F3, America's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the Le Mans 24-Hour race. He also took victory for Team India at the A1GP race at China's Zhuhai circuit in 2007, repeating the feat twice more.

Karthikeyan has also taken glory for his country at the Race Of Champions with victory for Team India in the inaugural ROC Asia at Bangkok in 2012 alongside Karun Chandhok.


Career Highlights

  • 2011-2012 Formula 1 driver for HRT
  • 2005 4th place at the US Grand Prix in Indianapolis
  • 2001 Became the first Indian to drive an F1 car, testing for Jaguar at Silverstone

Other Achievements

2013 Five victories in AutoGP

2010 Won a race in the Superleague Formula at Brands Hatch

2007 Took Team India's first A1GP victory at China's Zhuhai circuit

2007 Sealed 7th place at the Le Mans 24-Hour race

2004 Three wins in the World Series by Nissan

1999 Two British F3 wins at Brands Hatch

1998 Debut season in British F3, taking podiums at Spa and Silverstone

ROC Highlights

  • Years contested: 2012, 2013*

2012 ROC Asia champion for Team India alongside Karun Chandhok