Go to the British Grand Prix and the local fans will be cheering on their hometown heroes Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button. At the Australian Grand Prix they'll cheer for Mark Webber. In Spain they pull for Fernando Alonso. In Germany, it's showtime for Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher. Not every country with a Formula One race is represented on the grid as well, but India will be when the F1 circus rolls into town in late October.

The subcontinent has only had a couple of F1 drivers in its history with Karun Chandhok and Narain Karthikeyan, both of whom have achieved limited success. Chandhok contested a handful of grands prix for HRT last season and one for Lotus earlier this year, but has failed to score a single point.

Meanwhile Karthikeyan scored his only points at the controversial 2005 United States Grand Prix, where he drove for Jordan. After returning with HRT earlier this season, Narain was replaced by Red Bull's Australian protégé Daniel Ricciardo a few races ago. However it's now being reported that HRT will put Karthikeyan back in the driver's seat to race in front of his home crowd for the inaugural Indian Grand Prix five races from now.

Of course HRT and Karthikeyan will have to vie for fans' loyalty against the Force India team, which currently stands at seventh place in the constructors' standings, behind Renault and Sauber and ahead of Toro Rosso and Williams.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      What about Paul di resta? Is he not british?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh great, Calamity Narain's back... there should be an extra lane for him on the circuit.
      • 3 Years Ago
      " Chandhok contested a handful of grands prix for HRT last season and one for Lotus earlier this year, but has failed to score a single point. " I don't think Karun is a great driver but I think even GOD can't score points in those cars @TokyoRemix I do second you...Di Resta is the best F1 rookie threre. I mean he is a DTM champion! I can already see him in Mercedes GP by 2013.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd root for Paul Di Resta over Karthikeyan! Paul's such a level-headed guy, great in the interviews and fantastic on track. As much as I like to see a mid-field team switch things up, I'd love to see him getting results in a faster car!
      Rob Cook
      • 3 Years Ago
      Glad VJ Malya didn't buckle to the pressure of running an Indian in a Force India, neither Karthikeyan nor Chandhok should be driving in F1, much more for Karthikeyan as he is just plain awful. At least he'll be dead last in the HRT, hopefully he doesn't do anything stupid and take out a front runner. I understand pay drivers but I don't like them at all, especially when there are pay drivers with way more talent.