F1 » Chandhok 'turned down' HRT offer in pursuit of better car

As he congratulates his compatriot Narain Karthikeyan on his surprise return to F1 competition with Hispania Racing (HRT) this year, Karun Chandhok has admitted his own efforts are focussed on securing a drive with a points-scoring team

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Jamm - Unregistered

January 07, 2011 4:35 PM

F1 has become so competitive as of late. In previous years mediocre drivers could arrive and manage to stay in the series for years and years achieving nothing. This winter guys like Hulkenburg, Sutil, Heidfeld, Chandok, Di Grassi are all struggeling to get drives, and IMHO they ALL deserve to be in f1

It isnt fair :(


January 07, 2011 5:33 PM

I would like to see KC and Senna in better cars. HRT seems a dog chasing its own tail, not sure where they are going. I think KC and Senna can do well given the right team to foster learning (IMHO Sauber, FIF1, Toro Rosso). We need a Jordan university again. So much talent came from Jordan's team.

While I do like the idea that testing is banned because it forces all the teams to test their new development in the public, there should be something for development drivers. IMHO, the FIA can easily fix this by forcing teams to make 1 car in FP1 for test/reserve/development driver time. Much like what FIF1 did, they have practically groomed di Resta to hit the ground running. This would make the reserve driver seat a priceless role for new drivers, and in FP1, the tract is so green, the more experienced drives can manage without it anyway.

Ak - Unregistered

January 07, 2011 5:46 PM

Lets put an end to this discussion about Karun's future!!

Karun gets the test and reserve driver role with Team Lotus/Airasia/Tony

Along with an opportunity to drive the car during the Indian and Korean grand prix!

Kedhar - Unregistered

January 07, 2011 7:10 PM

I don't see him racing anywhere this season. He probably is talking about a testing tole with force india or someone. Thatll be good for him and maybe hell get a chance to drive at the Indian Grand Prix.

He still hasn't proven himself for a drive with Force India or any mid or top level team. As Martin Brundle said "His charisma and ability to bring the car home were the highlights but we don't yet know how fast he is in F1 terms."

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