New Delhi: He has faced consistent mechanical issues in his HRT car but Narain Karthikeyan, the only Indian racing in Formula One, says despite problems he has proved that he has the speed to deserve a better place on the grid.
Karthikeyan endured six retirements due to mechanical problems and other issues but he also has a season-best 15th place finish at the Monaco Grand Prix in the 2012 calendar so far. He has also competed well with his Hispania teammate Pedro de la Rosa and beaten him in qualifying in some races.
Now that top places have been filled for the next season, and with just one or two places remaining to be grabbed, Karthikeyan feels he has done enough on the speed front to deserve a better seat.
As is expected, Nico Hulkenberg would leave Sahara Force India to join Sauber which means the Indian team will look for Paul Di Resta's teammate.
Asked if there is any possibility of him joining the Indian team, Karthikeyan said although he is good enough for Force India, as of now he wants to do well for his team in the remaining four races.
"I would definitely like the possibility since I have clearly proved that I have the speed to deserve a shot higher up the grid. But having said that, I think they have their own plans as always so for now I am concentrating on finishing this season on a strong note," Karthikeyan said.
According to speculations, HRT will retain Pedro de la Rosa but nothing has been said about the second seat, which Karthikeyan holds.
But the Indian has indicated his seat is secured at the Spanish side for the next season. "Right now I would like to stay with HRT for 2013 as we can expect more progress with proper infrastructure which has been in place now. I think it will be decided over the winter once the season is through," he said.
Karthikeyan said not being able to have enough practice sessions on the European leg of the season hurt him. (agencies)