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Karthikeyan hopes for HRT stay
Narian Karthikeyan is hoping to remain with HRT for the 2013 season despite the growing presence of the team's reserve drivers.
Karthikeyan lost his seat to Tonio Liuzzi mid-way through 2011 but regained it again this season. Having seen the team making a number of major changes - including moving to new headquarters in Madrid - Karthikeyan wants to stay with HRT to see the results, although his future has been looking far from certain with Ma Qing Hua and Dani Clos getting Friday practice outings this year.
"HRT has done a lot of investment," Karthikeyan told the Press Trust of India. "We have a proper headquarter, proper factory now for the first time. We are trying to reap the benefits of these facilities for the next season with some good finishes. The management and I have very good rapport. Hopefully, we can work something out. I would like to stay at HRT. That's the plan and it seems good so far."
Ma will get another chance to drive in FP1 in Singapore, and Karthikeyan admits his own lack of track time is making it tough to compete with team-mate Pedro de la Rosa.
"From Silverstone onwards, I have been unlucky in missing practice one on Fridays while the second practice has been wet. So to get one hour of practice on Saturday and then to compete against a fast guy like him is difficult and challenging."