FIA World Motor Sports Council held their first meeting of the year where it was decided that Karun Chandhok, the country’s premiere racer should be nominated for the Driver’s Commission. While Chandhok’s selection is guaranteed, the meeting also saw Emerson Fittipaldi being elected as President of Driver’s Commission while Sebastien Loeb has been elected as Vice President. Chandhok now goes on to join Nigel Mansell, 1992 world champion and Maria de Villota, former Marussia test driver at the Driver’s Commission.
Plans to set up Driver’s Commission were the result of special provision granted in 2012 by International Olympic Committee of FIA Federation. Karun Chandhok is also fondly known as the ‘Missile from Madras’. This 29 year old racer has no qualms about taking on this new responsibility. His father Vicky is President of Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI) and Chandhok junior is looking forward to teaming up with Mansell and Villota to look into the rights and interests of drivers in single seaters.
In regards to racing, back in 2010, Karun Chandhok raced for Hispania Racing, and in 2011, he was selected as reserve race driver for Lotus F1, and raced the German Grand Prix that year. In 2012, Chandhok drove in the FIA World Endurance Championship for JRM Racing behind a Honda Performance Development ARX-03a with team members David Brabham and Peter Dumbreck. The team finished 6th at the Le Mans 24 Hours, and were 10th in the overall championship. This year JRM Racing isn’t participating at WEC. For this year, his last years co-driver Peter Dumbreck has found a seat with Aston Martin Racing in the GTE Pro class.