Narain Karthikeyan's 2011 season began badly when his Hispania F111 fell foul of the 107% rule and failed to qualify for the opening race of the season in Melbourne.
But it would get progressively better as he began to qualify for races and even managed to finish them.
In the Chinese Grand Prix, he became the first person in F1 history to finish a race in 23rd place. Not content with that distinction, he would go one better in the European Grand Prix, with an equally unprecedented 24th place. It was only the fourth occasion that there were no retirements.
The Hispania management was not impressed and he lost his place in the team to David Ricciardo. Karthikeyan is back for the Indian GP but with only 24 drivers in the fray, he'll be hard pressed to set another record.
Image: Hispania Racing Team driver Narain Karthikeyan shows a battery that will be used in the HRT Formula One car during the Indian Grand Prix at an event in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011.