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Chandhok: I will race in F1 again!

Team Lotus reserve driver Karun Chandhok insists he will race again in F1 - although he refuses to elaborate on the possibility of being parachuted into the cockpit for the inaugural Indian Grand Prix later this year...
Team Lotus reserve Karun Chandhok remains adamant that he will rejoin the F1 grid as a race driver in the not-too-distant future – and he admits that 'there will be disappointment' should he not be able to compete in the inaugural Indian Grand Prix later this year.

Having made ten grand prix starts for Hispania Racing (HRT) last season prior to being 'rested' – and ultimately released – in favour of well-heeled pay driver Sakon Yamamoto, Chandhok was recruited by Lotus on the eve of the F1 2011 campaign to fulfil the Anglo/Malaysian outfit's reserve role.

Despite a somewhat embarrassing debut for his new employer with a hefty shunt on his very first 'out' lap on cold tyres during opening practice for the Melbourne curtain-raiser back in March, the 27-year-old enjoyed a much more productive time of things in FP1 in Istanbul last time out.

There has been speculation that either Heikki Kovalainen or team-mate Jarno Trulli could briefly step aside later on in the season to enable Chandhok to join his compatriot Narain Karthikeyan on the starting grid for India's first-ever F1 race, but the occasional BBC Radio 5 Live pundit – a popular addition to the commentary team indeed – insists that his focus is firmly on the 'medium-to-long-term'.

“Well yes, there will be disappointment,” he told PTI, when asked if he would be unhappy to miss his first home grand prix, “[but] you need to be slightly patient in such situations, and my view is to believe in the medium-to-long-term. Yes, I will be back in F1 as a race driver, but this year or next year, we will wait and see...”



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