Karthikeyan showed he still has the pace by qualifying on the front row for the Japan-based Super Formula opener in Suzuka last month. (Agencies)
The series (erstwhile known as Formula Nippon) has a competitive field comprising local and foreign recruits, and the Coimbatore-born driver feels it only makes sense to continue in what is touted as the fastest single seater championship outside Formula 1 before he says goodbye to the exhilarating business.
"I don't think there is a better option than racing in Japan for another two or three seasons. And I would want to stop by the time enter 40s. It has been a long journey and you have to end it at some point," Karthikeyan said.
He hastens to add that taking part in the all electric Formula E and IndyCar in America is also on his single-seater wishlist. "But doing well in Super Formula is the priority for now," he said.
Come to think of it, Karthikeyan has been competing around the world ever since he learnt the tricks of the trade in the Elf Winfield Racing School in 1992. From F1 to racing trucks in America, he has done it all. If there is something left for him to try his hand at, it would have to be sports cars.
"After I am done with single seaters, which I have always rated higher than any other form of racing, I would want to do sports cars. As it is, I have got some unfinished business left at 24 Hours of Le Mans," said Karthikeyan, who dislocated his shoulder minutes before the start of the iconic sports car endurance race in June 2009. Subsequently, the organizers ruled him unsuitable to drive.
Karthikeyan showed he still has the pace by qualifying on the front row for the Japan-based Super Formula opener in Suzuka last month.