Karun Chandhok

 
In the two seasons that has seen an Indian driver on the F1 grid (2005 and 2010), the year had 19 races in the calendar, the most in F1 history |  He is the first Indian driver to be a member of the British Racing Drivers' Club |  He was a vegetarian for the first 24 years of his life before Bruno Senna convinced him to add non-vegetarian food to his options |  His favourite non-sport subjects for reading or watching documentaries are politics and Indian history |  His biggest regret is that he didn't get a chance to fly on the Concorde before it was grounded

FACTFILE

Name: Karun Chandhok
DOB: Jan 19 1984
Place Of Birth: Chennai
Nationality: Indian
Most Races For: HRT - 10
No. Of Races: 11
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Karun Chandhok

Karun Chandhok has been hunting for a Formula 1 seat ever since he was dropped by HRT in 2010, with his hope for the future now supported in the role of a test and reserve driver at Team Lotus.

Chandhok was the last driver to be announced for the 2010 championship when he was named as a teammate for Bruno Senna, barely a week before the start of the season.

The Chennai-born racer is only the second driver from India to race in Formula 1 since Narain Karthikeyan’s stint with Jordan in 2005. It wasn’t to be the first time that the Indian got behind the wheel of an F1 car as he had a testing spell with Red Bull in November 2007.

Karun’s father, Vicky Chandhok, is an influential figure in F1 circles as he was the former president of the Federation of Motor Sports Club in India (FMSCI). Karun was also a preferred driver for F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, who suggested his name as a driver for Force India prior to his signing with HRT.

The 2010 season was a tough one for the Chennai-born driver; nevertheless, he managed to provide the results that the team needs - finishing races. In contrast, he had done better than his teammate Senna, by registering a DNF just twice in his first 10 races.

The Indian has managed to gain some popularity among F1 circles which was evident when he was dropped and replaced by Sakon Yamamoto mid season. Despite competing in only ten races, he managed to finish 22nd in the final standings ahead of the three other HRT drivers and the Virgin team.

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STATISTICS
YEARS
YearTeamClaGPs WinsPolesPods FLsPts
2010HRT22nd1000000
2011Lotus28th100000
Total 1100000

Karun Chandhok - HEAD TO HEAD (TEAM-MATES)

Karun Chandhok - Season Performance

According to stats...

  • In the two seasons that has seen an Indian driver on the F1 grid (2005 and 2010), the year had 19 races in the calendar, the most in F1 history
  • He is the first Indian driver to be a member of the British Racing Drivers' Club
  • He was a vegetarian for the first 24 years of his life before Bruno Senna convinced him to add non-vegetarian food to his options
  • His favourite non-sport subjects for reading or watching documentaries are politics and Indian history
  • His biggest regret is that he didn't get a chance to fly on the Concorde before it was grounded

QUOTES ON KARUN CHANDHOK

We talked about it and I expressed my ambitions to do something with Force India. But they opted to go with other drivers. That’s their decision but I’m not disappointed.
- Karun Chandhok



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