Signs of change

I’m interested in the little indicators of change. Since ancient times seers have foretold the future with augury like the droppings of birds. Here’s some bird-splat: It looks like the first Indian (funny how that doesn’t necessarily mean Native American anymore) Formula 1 race-car driver may be about to enter the elite world of grand prix motor sport.

India’s Narain Karthikeyan is on the verge of securing a Formula One drive with
Jordan in 2005.

Jordan sporting director Trevor Carlin told BBC Sport
that the team were in talks with Karthikeyan and that a deal was "not finalised,
but is very close".

The team have offered the 28-year-old the drive, but
he must firm up a sponsorship package before the deal could be completed, Carlin

Karthikeyan would be the first Indian F1 driver if he secures the

The driver told a news conference in Mumbai (Bombay) on Tuesday:
"In principle I have agreed to drive for the Jordan F1 team for the 2005 season.
We will be signing the agreement in the next couple of days."