Karun Chandhok believes he did 'enough to warrant another go' with his one-off appearance - for now - for Team Lotus in last weekend's German Grand Prix at the N?rburgring, as he explained his rationale behind this year as taking 'one step back to move two forward'.

Chandhok was parachuted into the cockpit usually occupied by Jarno Trulli in Germany, and after initially languishing some two-and-a-half seconds adrift of team-mate Heikki Kovalainen during Friday practice, the popular Indian worked hard to close to just over eight tenths away come qualifying, similar to the Italian's deficit on three occasions this year.

Despite a brace of high-speed spins during the grand prix itself, he went on to take the chequered flag in 20th position, two laps down on Kovalainen after struggling to get to grips with the intricacies of Pirelli's tyres in a race situation for the first time - a clear legacy of his lack of time in the cockpit leading up to the weekend.

The rumour mill suggests Chandhok will be given another opportunity to demonstrate his mettle in front of his home fans in the inaugural Indian Grand Prix at the end of October. Thanking team principal Tony Fernandes for his faith in him and benefitting from the support, moreover, of F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone and his father Vicky - President of the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India - the 27-year-old is quietly confident that he has done enough to merit another chance.

"I am very happy with the way the weekend went," he told Reuters. "They said to me, 'if you qualify within a second of Heikki, [we] will be impressed with that' - and I got to within eight tenths. When it came to the race, I didn't quite have the experience when it comes to tyre degradation; I wasn't sure how quickly the car would snap, and that's why I spun, basically. Unfortunately, all the other drivers had the chance to spin in pre-season testing - I have to do it in public!

"It's just that the tyres are so different (compared to last year's Bridgestones), that's the big thing; it's just feeling the front tyre as you turn into the apex - it's massively different. We worked out before the race I'd done a total of two hours and 15 minutes of driving in the car, which is nothing if you compare it with six days of pre-season testing and all the other weekends other people have done on the tyres.

"I think Tony has shown this weekend that he's not afraid to mix things up, though. Obviously, Sunday wasn't that good but [the team] were quite happy overall with how the weekend went. This weekend was about earning internal respect and not embarrassing Tony for his bold decision of sticking me in there. I think internal respect was earned, and I don't think I embarrassed him.

"I believe I'll get some more chances, because Tony seems quite happy with the job I did, the engineers seem happy with the job I did. Bernie is very happy as well; he came to see Tony and me on the grid. We had a good chat, and they basically told me to go away and leave it to Tony and my dad and him. I think his (Ecclestone's) last words were, 'Get on with your job and leave us to it'.

"I think I have done enough to warrant another go, but whether it's this year or next year or the year after, we have to wait and see. That's a complicated situation. It's just a question of when it happens."

Meanwhile, Chandhok has revealed that despite sitting on the sidelines for the majority of the season, he is convinced that his decision to sign up to the reserve driver role at Team Lotus in F1 2011 was the right one - and that ultimately, taking a longer-term view over a short-term one will pay dividends.

"It's a bit different, obviously, when you're not racing full-time," he conceded, speaking to Crash.net. "Being a reserve driver or test-driver is a bit different. I have a bit more time on my hands, but I still end up somehow doing various million other projects which keep me really flat-out! I'm learning a lot from the team, though - it's a good team. I'd just like to do some more mileage; so far, we've had a pretty unlucky run.

"Of course, as a racing driver you always want to race, but sometimes you have to take one step back to move two forward, and this felt like a good option at the moment. [Whether I race again] is a question for Tony, not for me, but my aim is to be back on the grid next year, no doubt about it."

Talking of taking a step back, that is precisely what Chandhok did - albeit on an altogether more literal level - at the Goodwood Festival of Speed earlier this month as he clambered behind the wheel of the 2010-spec, Cosworth-powered Lotus T127. It was as always, he reflected, a very special occasion; the only thing that would have made it even more special would have been if he had been able to take several steps back further still.

"I drove last year's Lotus, which is quite a modern car compared to what I drove last year," he mused, having piloted Keke Rosberg's 1982 title-winning Williams up Goodwood's famous hill twelve months earlier. "I would have liked to have driven something from the eighties as well, because I think that's the charm of Goodwood - that's what makes it special. You drive something from an era outside of your comfort zone, and that's what makes it interesting.

"I would love to drive the [Alain] Prost '93 Williams, the FW15C because a) Prost was my hero, and b) I think that was one of the best cars ever built. The other one I think I'd like to have a go in is the Penske 1994 car with the Mercedes engine; that was a very dominant car that year - it really hammered the opposition [in IndyCars]. I had loads of fun meeting various people; I met Stirling Moss and I was chatting with Marino Franchitti - you meet lots of different people that you don't get to see very often otherwise.

"I always love coming here. It's a fantastic event, a fantastic weekend, a great crowd, great weather and the cars are just amazing! I get such motorsport fever coming here! Yeah, it's just really, really fun."