Team Lotus boss Tony Fernandes has said he is would like to see Karun Chandhok return to a race seat for the inaugural Indian Grand Prix next month.
Chandhok made his race debut for the team in a one-off outing in Germany having signed a deal as test and reserve driver at the start of the season, while the former Hispania racer has also contested Friday practice at a number of races over the course of the year.
Speaking to Reuters
, Fernandes said he was keen to see Chandhok compete on home soil when New Delhi hosts the first Indian F1 racer, with it likely that Jarno Trulli – who signed a new deal with the team during the Italian Grand Prix weekend – would stand aside.
"I'd like him to,” Fernandes said. “It's up to the team to see if he will)," he said. "I think Heikki is our number one driver. although Jarno's outqualified him here."
Trulli was the man who stood aside at the Nurburgring to allow Chandhok to make his F1 return.
Should a deal be struck for Chandhok to race, it is likely that there will be two Indian drivers on the grid with Narain Karthikeyan set to return to Hispania for the weekend.