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Chandhok expecting testing role

Karun Chandhok admits a testing role is what he is preparing for for F1 2011
Karun Chandhok says he is preparing himself for another season as an F1 test driver with his chances of securing a race seat for 2012 having all but disappeared.

Chandhok spent the 2011 season as test and reserve driver for Team Lotus and enjoyed a one-off outing with the team in the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring.

The Indian driver had hoped that his role would lead to a full-time return to a race seat having made his debut in the sport with HRT back in 2010, but with Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli now confirmed with Caterham – the team formally known at Team Lotus – for the year ahead, Chandhok admits a season testing is again his likely option.

"I am mentally preparing myself to continue as a test driver for another season,” he told the Times of India. “As of now, most of the teams have announced their list of drivers for the 2012 season. There are only two slots up for grabs -- one with the Williams and other with the HRT.

"The situation is a bit difficult but I am ready to work hard. The F1 teams are also looking at drivers who can essentially bring them good sponsorship money so it's a tough situation."



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Alex - Unregistered

December 21, 2011 10:30 AM

This guy commands and justly gets no respect, if he had anything about him as a racer he would go back to GP2 like Grosjean did and try to prove to the teams he can race. Instead of just poncing around the GP paddock. Trying to look the part. Hes a joke. I should think the only thing he tests is Gascoynes patience.

DS - Unregistered

December 21, 2011 1:48 PM

Taipan In a way thats always been his problem, a lot of talented drivers run out of money, in Karun's case he has never needed to worry about the money he just ran out of talent. Thats why he never amounted to anything in GP2, F3, etc. just an also ran 'But from India' where Bernie wanted to go. And apparently he's a good TV pundit, for me personally I would prefer to listen to a driver whoever he is with a good rep than a driver who has never achieved anything



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