In the round-up: Narain Karthikeyan is hoping to take one of the few remaining seats in F1.
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“India’s Narain Karthikeyan has not given up hope of racing in Formula One next year despite there being only two clear vacancies remaining and a long list of rivals for them.”
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"My outfit for last night’s Mercedes GP Xmas party. Spectacular party! http://pic.twitter.com/cNBgHqix"
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Comment of the day
More thoughts on F1’s potential in America, this time from Aka_robyn:
I really don’t know what to think about what’s going to happen with F1 here in the US. I would love to believe the next United States Grand Prix is going to be a raging success, but I’m not sure I understand why there isn’t more of an extensive fan base to begin with.
Why don’t I know anyone here as fanatical as I am? Most people I know are utterly clueless about the sport, to the point where some don’t even realize the cars don’t look like normal cars.
Their ignorance about it is pretty comprehensive, even though the last United States Grand Prix was only in 2007. Plus, as I know I’ve said before, NASCAR makes many people here reluctant to have anything to do with motor racing in general.
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On this day in F1
Onofre Marimon was born on this day in 1923. A contemporary of Juan Manuel Fangio, Marimon drove alongside his countryman at Maserati in 1953 and 1954.
He scored his second podium finish in the 1954 British Grand Prix and had effectively become team leader after Fangio moved to Mercedes. But Marimon was killed during practice for the next race at the Nurburgring.