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Tendulkar to cheer Karthikeyan

Rex Gowar | May 07, 2005 23:12 IST
Last Updated: May 07, 2005 23:35 IST

Narain Karthikeyan will have the support of his country's biggest sporting idol in Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix.

Cricket great Sachin Tendulkar, a keen motor racing fan, is in Barcelona for the race in which Jordan driver Karthikeyan will be looking for a strong finish in his debut season in the Formula One championship.

Sachin Tendulkar seated in the Jordan Formula One car of Narain Karthikeyan"I'm very glad to be here," Tendulkar said in the pits on Saturday where he sat in Karthikeyan's Toyota-powered car for a photo shoot.

"I got an invitation (from Narain) and there's no greater news than that for an Indian because being a countryman our support is always with him.

"We all stand by him whatever ups and downs he goes through."

The pair posed beside Karthikeyan's car and the batting ace sat in the cockpit amid the roars as the Jordan engineers tested the engine in Portuguese team mate Tiago Monteiro's car.

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"Apart from that he's a very nice person, I've known him for a while now," Tendulkar said of his 28-year-old compatriot.

"He's a very good driver but he's also a very good person which is more important.

"I've been here (to grand prix races) many times although it's a little bit difficult to follow (Formula One) during my cricket season.

"So, whenever there's no cricket at all I try to watch as many races as possible.

"I love this sport, I've always loved cars," said Tendulkar, who drives a Ferrari.

Karthikeyan, born in Madras, is the first Indian to race in motor racing's top category. He has raced in all four grands prix so far this season, finishing three.

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Sub: Thats good.

Ya thats good since a great sport person supports karthikeyan. all indian eyes on his roaring.... Karthikeyan cheer up!!!

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Sub: Tendulkar to cheer Karthikeyan

Tendulkar should quit playing cricket as he has nothing to contribute. He is out of form and the opposition bowlers are dominating him. It would ...

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