Indian driver Narain Karthikeyan is making a Formula 1 comeback, and his 2011 race seat will be courtesy of HRT. There’s no official statement from the Spanish-based team yet, but Karthikeyan has already told the Indian media and blasted it out via Twitter. His return coincides with India hosting an F1 race for the first time, in October.

“Back in F1 in 2011. Signed a deal to race for HRT. I’ve always maintained that my time in F1 was not over and now making good on that promise,” he tweeted.

“It’s been a while in the making, but I am delighted to be racing again in Formula 1 in 2011. I have always maintained that I have not given up on my desire to return to the top level of motorsport. I am confident that I have the pace, the fitness and the will to succeed in F1.

“I am extremely grateful to the Tata Group, without whose unwavering support this comeback would not have been possible. I’m looking forward to racing for HRT and to working again with Dr Colin Kolles. We have a long standing and excellent working relationship together,” he told The Times of India.

Karthikeyan’s last season in F1 was 2005 with the Jordan team. He then spent two seasons as test driver for Williams before representing India in the A1GP series. The 34-year old also tried out the Le Mans Series and competed last season in NASCAR’s Truck Series.