F1 » Chandhok eyes sportscar switch as F1 doors close


Karun Chandhok is exploring options in the new World Endurance Championship as a means of keeping himself race ready in 2012.

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Dave@F1 Rejects - Unregistered

December 27, 2011 11:14 AM

Why do F1 Rejects think they can walk straight into another series,

Sportscar Racing is an art form it doesn't need any help from F1 Rejects....stay in the F1 paddock and carry on commentating..they like you there

Chandhok please stay away

sodesu

December 27, 2011 12:37 PM

I think pretty much any LeMans team would be delighted to take him in actually, he has experience of racing with the best and crucially, he's known to be a steady hand. He was a front runner in GP2 based more on his race craft than his raw pace, and that is exactly what you need in endurance racing.

Frank - Unregistered

December 27, 2011 2:49 PM

sodesu,

Is there two GP2 series running because I haven't seen the one where Chandhok was a front runner. The series I followed he came 15th 2007, 10th, 2008, 18th 2009, 13th Asia 2008, and 26th Asia 2009. If you think with stats like that LeMans want him you certainly underestimate the caliber of drivers in LeMans he dosen't make the grade for FIA GT let alone LeMans. He never raced the best he followed the best. If he thinks he has a future in F1 he needs to go back to GP2 and try and prove himself there but he wont because he will be shown up again.

Realistic - Unregistered

December 27, 2011 5:52 PM

If Karun Chandhok had a chance in F1, Fernandes would have put him in the TL car for the Indian GP it wouldn't have effected the teams points tally and they would have got untold exposure for all their sponsors including Air Asia who fly from Malaysia to India, but he has no chance in F1 even with his fathers connections. Its looking like Caterham F1 will not even want him as a paddock ornament next season. So now we have a PR exercise to generate interest from LeMans teams well I'm afraid it won't work with those boys they are racers and want racers driving their cars. He would be lost and destroyed in LeMans, better stick with the microphone and leave the racing to those who can.

jj - Unregistered

December 28, 2011 6:04 AM

I think KC has run his course in F1. If he stays on as a reserve driver, he could maybe me the next PDLR. Truth be told, if he really had the speed or $ he would be in a car, but he has neither. I feel all these drivers who can't find seats should go back to GP2 like RG did and prove themselves. Just like soccer players, if you can't get first team time with a team like Barca, go to a smaller team and prove you still have the skills.

spac18

December 28, 2011 8:45 AM

whatever. i never liked this guy. 5-6 years ago he said that that he hated cricket because if a race driver got the money spent in a cricket series, he would have shined. well guess what, indian cricketers make big money because they are among the best, not useless f1 driver wannables. even force india wont take karun, he is that useless.

sodesu

December 28, 2011 11:07 PM

He is at least a race winner in GP2, and he managed to score a handful of podiums too. Which is no mean feat considering the guys he was racing against in 2008. He actually finished ahead of guys like Kobayashi, d'Ambrosio and Mike Conway in the final results, and occasionally beat them all.

And like I said, that's not even the most important thing in endurance racing. If you look at guys like Nicolas Lapierre, Olivier Pla or Gianmaria Bruni for example, they may not have set the world alight in GP2 or F1 but they are all established, race-winning drivers in LMES. Like him or not, but I think LMES may in fact be just right for him.

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