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Karthikeyan set for Williams role

Indian Narain Karthikeyan looks set to remain in Formula One next season after reportedly having signed a contract with the Williams team.

Karthikeyan, who raced with the Jordan team in 2005, was left without a seat after his contract with the Silverstone-based squad expired.

He looked set to land a test drive with the Williams team until the British squad signed Austrian Alexander Wurz.

Despite that, however, Karthikeyan looks set to join Williams alongside Wurz, to share Friday testing duties during the 2006 season.

According to reports coming from India, Karthikeyan has already signed a deal with Williams and an announcement is expected shortly.

The Chennai racer tested with Williams in December and the team were pleased with his performance.

A Williams spokesman was unavailable for comment.

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