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Indian Formula One driver Narain Karthikeyan will join Pedro de la Rosa to complete the HRT line-up for the 2012 Formula One World Championship, the Spanish team announced on Friday.
This will be the 35-year-old Chennai-born driver’s second season with the team. HRT replaced him with Red Bull-backed Australian rookie Daniel Ricciardo midway through last year.
“Narain… will contribute continuity and stability,” team principal Luis Perez-Sala was quoted as saying in a statement.
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Suzuka, 6th of October 2011
HRT Formula 1 Team driver, Vitantonio Liuzzi, will pay respect to the victims of the earthquake that struck Japan’s northwest coast in March this year by wearing a special edition helmet in their honour.
This will be Tonio’s sixth special edition helmet provided by Kaos Design this year and is named “Embracing Japan”. The base of the helmet is white, as a tribute to the Japanese flag. There is no excessive colour or design as a sign of purity and respect towards the Japanese people. The red circle which symbolizes the rising sun appears on the right and left flanks of the helmet with two hands, and in the middle the writing “We are here with you” is engraved in gold. This message is to show that Kaos Design, Bell, Tonio, HRT F1 Team and the whole of Formula 1 is behind Japan.
Once the Grand Prix has finished, Tonio will sign the “Embracing Japan” helmet and donate it to “Save Japan”, a foundation backed by Kamui Kobayashi among many other Japanese drivers and riders, which aids victims of the earthquake. The helmet will be auctioned with all benefits proceeding to the Japanese Red Cross Society.
HRT on Facebook:
Everyone at HRT F1 Team would like to thank the year 5 students of Tsubaki Elementary School for this beautiful Daruma they have made for us to wish us luck this weekend. What a beautiful gesture. Arigato gozaimasu! For the first 15 people who can tell us what a Daruma is, we will send them a signed card by our drivers.