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Chandhok: I didn’t expect it to be THAT tough!

21 March 2010

Karun Chandhok has admitted that his F1 debut in Bahrain was tougher than he expected as the Indian racer now turns his focus towards trying to help Hispania Racing to its first finish in Australia.

Chandhok endured one of the most trying F1 debuts in recent memory in Sakhir, with the chaotic nature of the team's preparations meaning his car was only ready to hit the track for the first time in qualifying.

Starting from dead last on the grid as a result, Chandhok then saw his F1 race debut end on just the second lap, when he was caught out by a bump on the track and went off into the barriers.

"I knew my F1 debut was going to be tough but never realised it would be so tough," he told the Times of India. "This was definitely not how imaged my F1 debut but unfortunately that is how it was.

"The best moment was actually the drivers' parade when all 24 drivers made a circle of the circuit. My mother later pointed out that only 24 people in the entire world was part of that little group and it felt great."

Chandhok now heads for Melbourne for the second race of the season and he admitted that trying to get to the finish was the main aim for the newcomers.

“I am really looking forward to my second F1 race this weekend,” he said. “I have never driven in Melbourne, but I am a very quick learner. I was able to work on a team's simulator before the Grand Prix so that will help my familiarisation a little bit!

“Our next step with the team's engineers is to make the car reliable for the race. The secret of good racing preparation is to complete as many laps as possible on Friday to see where we are with the car. Finishing the race would be a fantastic achievement we will strive for.”


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