22
February
2012

Round and round the track, and the world - Formula One Driver Karun Chandhok

Karun Chandhok (Hindi: करुण चंडोक; born January 19, 1984 in Madras) is an Indian racing driver, who competed for Hispania Racing in Formula One in 2010. Before this, he drove in the GP2 Series for three years, winning two races. Prior to his time in GP2, Chandhok won the Formula Asia championship in 2001 and was the inaugural Formula Asia V6 by Renault champion in 2006. On 22 March 2011, Chandhok was confirmed as a reserve driver at Team Lotus for the 2011 season. He drove the car in free practice for the Australian Grand Prix, crashing out on the installation lap. He reprised his co-commentary role for BBC Radio 5 Live at the Spanish Grand Prix. After driving in a further three free practice sessions he replaced Jarno Trulli for the German Grand Prix. He finished 20th and last, two laps behind teammate Heikki Kovalainen and a lap behind 19th placed Daniel Ricciardo. He was also 4 laps behind race winner Lewis Hamilton. In the last quarter of 2011, Chandhok joined the i1 Super Series as an International class driver for its inaugural season in 2012. Chandhok admitted that he was unlikely to gain a Formula One seat for 2012, and targeted a third driver place once again. He also wishes to compete in the new World Endurance Championship, especially at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.


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