Speaking about his future as a racing car driver, Karun Chandhok has stated that he focusing on getting a race seat in 2012, rather than taking part in this season’s first ever Indian Grand Prix.
Chandhok signed up as test and reserve driver at the start of the year, as was recently seen making is début in racing a Lotus in Germany. There has been much speculation as to whether Chandhok’s decision to join Lotus was made in an attempt to secure a seat in India’s inaugural Grand Prix event. However, Chandhok has since denied this to be the case, insisting that he is looking at the bigger picture, and joined the team in order to put himself in a stronger position when it comes to 2012.
In an interview with the Hindustan Times to discuss his time as a reserve driver, Chandhok also spoke about his involvement with the development of the vehicle itself. Formula 1 racing is undoubtedly an extremely high-adrenaline sport but, unlike bungee jumping or taking part in PartyPoker tournaments, much of the outcome is dependant upon the equipment used. If Chandhok does manage to fulfil his plans of becoming a full-time driver, then being closely involved with the development of his car can only serve to benefit him in the long run.
Chandhok has also recently visited the Buddh International Circuit, where the upcoming Indian Grand Prix will be held. If he is chosen to drive the Lotus for this occasion, then this is the circuit on which he will be competing Although many drivers often see driving on home soil as a personal goal, Chandhok seems keen not to let this distract him from his plans to compete during 2012. Fans will have to wait and see which of these high-profile events he is officially selected for.