New Delhi: India's Narain Karthikeyan was handed a permanent driver's slot with the HRT Formula One team on the strength of his showing in the Indian Grand Prix and the Spanish team expects him to justify his selection by being more consistent in the 2012 season.
The country's first F1 driver edged his contemporaries to sign up with HRT earlier in the month to complete the drivers' line-up for the season, beginning March 16 at Melbourne. The back of the grid team has a completely new management in place and they want their drivers Karthikeyan and the more experienced Pedro de la Rosa to provide them valuable inputs to work on the car.
Karthikeyan, who returned to F1 last year after five seasons, was dropped in the middle of the season, but he was back in the cockpit for the inaugural home race. Though the 35-year-old has been signed for the 20-race season, the team's new principal and former F1 driver Luiz-Perez Sala says he will have to earn his place for each round.