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Karthikeyan Happy with Qualifying Showing

Formula One rookie Narain Karthikeyan was happy with his first qualifying for a Grand Prix despite taking place in very tricky conditions.

Formula One rookie Narain Karthikeyan was happy with his first qualifying for a Grand Prix despite taking place in very tricky conditions.

"Qualifying was a bit tricky for the rookies today as it was so slippery," said Jordan driver Karthikeyan at the end of the day. "I am happy with what I have done. Obviously I could have pushed a bit harder but I am learning step by step."

The first Indian Formula One driver finished as ninth quickest following a downpour that made it impossible for the following drivers to set competitive times.

Karthikeyan's teammate Tiago Monteiro, also a rookie, wound up 13th quickest in the second Jordan.

"It was quite tricky as you do not know what to expect and you have to push on your first lap out," the Portuguese said. "However, the wet conditions were the same for everyone, but as a rookie it is not the easiest solution.

"I have made a few mistakes with braking and almost went out twice as I was pushing and trying to do my best."

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