Ecclestone keen to see Chandhok in competitive car
Karun Chandhok has received a boost after Bernie Ecclestone called for the Indian racer to be given a better drive in 2011.
Chandhok made his Formula 1 debut at the start of the 2010 season with Hispania Racing but was replaced by Sakon Yamamoto from the German Grand Prix as the Spanish team looked to cash in on extra sponsorship for the Japanese driver.
The 26-year-old has been on the sidelines since Silverstone, appearing in the commentary box for the BBC and in a Red Bull show car at the new Korean International Circuit ahead of the inaugural Korean Grand Prix.
2011 sees the inaugural Indian Grand Prix expanding the F1 calendar to 20 races, and Ecclestone will be keen to capitalise on having both an Indian team and an Indian driver on the grid in Delhi.
“Having an Indian team is obviously a big help,” Ecclestone told the Times of India. “An Indian driver will be an even better deal.
“I definitely want to see Karun in a better car next year. He served his apprenticeship in a car that he could do nothing about.
“He really needs to be in a team where he can show his potential because I think he can be very, very good if he gets the right car.”
At present, it appears Chandhok is without a drive for next season, although Hispania maintain that they are considering all options. Chandhok himself is considering a deal with the team as well as exploring other possibilities for the entire season.
“At the moment we’re looking at all available options for 2011, including of course HRT,” said Chandhok.
“There’s still a bit of time and obviously I would love to be on the grid in Delhi but the main aim is to secure something good for the whole season, not just Delhi.”