Karthikeyan: F1 completely unsustainable for small teams

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Former Formula 1 driver Narain Karthikeyan has given his damning opinion on the cost crisis currently engulfing the sport, saying that it is simply too expensive for small teams such as Caterham and Marussia to survive.

Karthikeyan raced for the now-defunct HRT F1 Team between 2011 and 2012, taking part in its final grand prix at the end of the 2012 season and working amid the steady demise of the operation in Spain.

Following today’s news that both Caterham and Marussia will not be racing at the United States Grand Prix due to financial problems, Karthikeyan took to Twitter to make his feelings known.

“F1 is just too expensive and completely unsustainable for minnows,” he wrote. “First HRT, now Caterham/Marussia – has been waiting to happen ever since 2010.”

Karthikeyan also believes that their absences will not be felt by the bigger teams in F1, who will simply race on in Austin as usual.

“18 cars in Austin for next GP but sadly no one will miss the absentees, once the opening lap is completed without incidents. That’s the truth.”

As a man who raced in the dying stages of both HRT and Jordan Grand Prix in 2005, Karthikeyan is well-placed to comment on the situation that both Caterham and Marussia are currently facing.

Although his summation may seem cynical, there is a good element of truth to it. So long as the rich continue to get richer and excel at the front of the field in F1, they will care little for the exploits of the minnows fighting to survive at the very back.

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.