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Karthikeyan quits Zele Racing

by Valentin Khorounzhiy

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Ex-F1 driver Narain Karthikeyan has announced he won’t be contiuning with the Austrian squad Zele Racing in this year’s Auto GP series.

Karthikeyan, 36, sits in sixth in the series standings after three rounds, with his best result being fourth place in the reverse-grid race at Hungaroring. His Zele ex-teammate Luciano Bacheta is one place higher and 12 points ahead.

“I have known Michael Zele a long time and he is a great guy. I don’t have a problem with Michael or anyone else, and the car has been pretty okay in Monza and then Marrakech, but we’ve just had too many errors in the pitstops”, said Karthikeyan to Autosport. “It was one thing after another going wrong, and I can’t afford to do that. There was a sure win and two podiums that we have lost, and it has been a pretty bad start to the season for me.”

Autosport also revealed that the Indian plans to get a Le Mans drive, but will be aiming to return to the series should the deal fall through. It is yet unknown whether Zele will be able to find a replacement come next round at Silverstone.