Whilst insisting that he will be back in the car at a later stage this season – perhaps even as soon as the Hungaroring a week after Hockenheim – Hispania Racing F1 2010 rookie Karun Chandhok has phlegmatically conceded that 'it is probably inevitable I will miss some more races' than just the German Grand Prix.
Much like team-mate Bruno Senna was rested for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone just over a week ago in favour of HRT test and reserve driver Sakon Yamamoto, so Chandhok too has now found himself eased aside to make way for the Japanese ace, who it is understood has considerably more financial backing behind him than either the Indian or Brazilian are able to muster. He remains confident, however, that he will be back – and also that his chances of remaining on-board at the struggling Spanish outfit into 2011 remain strong.
“I expect to be back for races later in the year,” the 26-year-old Chennai native told BBC Sport
. “At the moment we are talking only about Hockenheim, but with four drivers and two cars, it is probably inevitable I will miss some more races.
“I came into this team looking to establish myself as a credible, respectable F1 driver and I've done that – and by no means does this mean that I'm not back in the car in Budapest. We will sit down at Hockenheim and the team will decide on a race-by-race basis. Then we have the summer break and we will see what happens. It is a little bit up-in-the-air, [but] there's no reason to believe that I will be out for too long.
“I'm not too worried, and I have talked with [HRT owner] José Ramón Carabante about their plans for 2011 today, so it's not like there's been a total breakdown between us or anything. It's just something they want to do now.”