Karun Chandok focuses on free practice session on Friday for 2011 Indian Grand Prix
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Karun Chandok focuses on free practice session on Friday for 2011 Indian Grand Prix

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Karun Chandok though still uncertain regarding participation at Indian Grand Prix is all set to put his best foot forward Friday’s practice session.  Team Lotus driver, Karun Chandok who took part in The German F1 this season is hoping that he will be selected to race on home turf at the Buddh International Circuit on October 30th.

He will be seen at Friday’s practice sessions and will be putting in his very best efforts with the hope of getting chosen for both the qualifying race and final. Chandok was aware that preferences would need to be given to experience race drivers Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli, but was also eager to take part in the first ever Indian Grand Prix.

This decision can only be taken by Tony Fernandes, Team Principal of Malaysian Team Lotus, who has mentioned earlier that he would want Chandok at the controls but would have to consider the dynamics in the best interest of the Team. Team Lotus has not scored a point in almost 2 seasons, and with only three flyaway races left, they would certainly want to clock points on board. The other two F1 teams without a single point are Hispania Racing (HRT) and Virgin-Crossworth.

Chandok has praised the Buddh International Circuit as being world class.  He said that this would help put India on the F1 map and help create a strong fan base in the country. In his words, “You will definitely see me in Friday’s practice session and there I will definitely give my best. But for the rest of the two days (qualifying and main race), we will have to wait and see.” “It’s a complicated thing because there are contractual complexities as the team has to honour the two contracted race drivers. But from my side I would love to race (in Indian GP).”

Karun thinks F1 in India is a big step in itself as now Formula One would get more attention as a sport in a cricket crazy nation. This would bring in more sponsors who are very essential for the sport, and more manufacturers would get involved. The F1 racer is the Brand Ambassador for Tag Heuer, and has today stepped into the same role for Montra, the first international standards carbon bike from TI Cycles of India.

A big fan of Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost, Chandok even commented on ticket sales for this weekend’s Indian Gran Prix, elaborating that sales of 60,000 tickets is healthy. On a lighter note, Karun has been giving other F1 drivers guidance on India, and where to holiday.