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Karthikeyan eager for home race

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Narain Karthikeyan returned for the Indian Grand Prix in 2011 having been replaced by Daniel Ricciardo mid-way through the season © Sutton Images
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Narain Karthikeyan admits he can't wait to drive in front of his home fans at next weekend's Indian Grand Prix.

As the only Indian driver on the grid this season, Karthikeyan will enjoy increased support in Greater Noida when he drives in his home race for the second time. Karthikeyan enjoyed a really strong race last year - finishing ahead of team-mate Daniel Ricciardo and very nearly beating Jerome d'Ambrosio's Virgin - and he said he is hoping for an even better performance this season.

"Obviously this is the most anticipated race on the calendar for me and there is already a great buzz around the event," Karthikeyan said. "The layout of the Buddh International Circuit is a great mix which makes it challenging for the tyres as there are very few conventional straight-forward corners but since the surface isn't abrasive at all, wear shouldn't be an issue.

"I've got great memories from last year's Grand Prix as I had a great weekend; the car was good and we were quick. I hope this year things go even better and I can dedicate it to the fans who are showing me so much support. I can't wait to get out on track!"

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