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Controlled speed the key at Silverstone: Narain
July 08, 2005 16:28 IST
At the half-way stage of his first Formula One season, India's Narain Karthikeyan promises to be competitive and look for more points in the British Grand Prix in Silverstone on Sunday.
"We are expecting to be competitive at Silverstone having tested there a few weeks ago and got some good indications of which tyres to choose," Karthikeyan said, going into the 11th Grand Prix, which also means home for his team.
The 28-year-old Jordan driver, who tested at Silverstone a few weeks ago, said controlled speed would be the key on the unpredictable track, and right choice of tyres would be important.
"Silverstone is a very different track from the others we race on. It is quite high-speed, but most of that speed is in corners rather than on straights. It is kind of a "lottery" with both high and very low speed sections.
"A good lap time, however, comes from the high speed part of the track and the stability of the tyres at Silverstone will be important for car handling. The track surface is quite abrasive which means we may see high tyre," said the Indian, who made history by finishing fourth in the US Grand Prix.
Giving the details of the track familiar to him, Karthikeyan said setting up of the car and its aerodynamics would be the trickiest part for a team and a driver.
"Of course at Silverstone, the car balance and stability are mainly dictated by the aerodynamics of the car. The first corner, Copse, is very quick and leads to the sweeps of Maggots and Becketts where a car must have high-speed stability and the ability to change direction cleanly and quickly," Karthikeyan said.
"This part of the track highlights any deficiency in the chassis set-up. This part of setting up the car is the trickiest for a team and a driver," said the Indian, who was adjudged the best rookie at the Nevers Magny course in his last race.
The venue has many traditions, from the delights of the local traffic to the welcoming British summer weather which so often puts a dampener on proceedings, and, the Indian said, weather was often unpredictable on this track.
"The weather is often unpredictable and can be a bit of a lottery and we could have anything from 35 degrees on track, if sunny, to cool and wet weather: you just don't know what to expect."
About the new Jordan model he said it would touch the tracks in the races after this Sunday.
"In preparation for the French and British Grands Prix, we had a two-day test at Barcelona on 23rd and 24th June. The primary objective of the test was to evaluate the new EJ15B spec package, which is a car that we are eagerly waiting to be using after the British Grand Prix from now."