Lotus signs Karun Chandhok as reserve driver for 2011-Formula 1 update

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  • Lotus signs Karun Chandhok as reserve driver for 2011-Formula 1 update

Karun Chandhok has been signed as a reserve driver for the season by Lotus. The Indian driver will be making his debut for the team in the practice session on March 25 in Melbourne. He started in 10 Grand Prix races for Hispania Racing in the previous season, but was dropped mid-way.

Tony Fernanddes the team principal commented on the addition to his team sayin, “This is another great day for Team Lotus. Karun's appointment to our team gives us not only his immense driving talent and F1 experience, both of which will help us develop the car even further, but also brings one of the warmest, most professional personalities I have the pleasure of knowing into the Team Lotus family.”

He further stated that he believes Karun represents the future of motor racing as he has already proved that geographical bounds are not a limit to flair and motivation. The driver is proud of his heritage and Lotus is giving the Indian star a platform for taking his career further. Everyone in the team is animated about working with Karun, and Lotus would like to see the driver representing the Indian nation in their car.

This year’s Lotus team comprises of Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen as the race drivers with Luiz Razia as the third driver and Ricardo Teixeira and Davide Valsecchi as the test drivers. Chandhok will join the line-up as the reserve to complete the season’s squad.

Talking about it Chandhok said, “These are very exciting times for Team Lotus and it’s a real honour to be able to play a part in helping shape this team’s future. I want to thank Tony, Din, Nasa, Riad and Mike for having the faith in me to give me a chance to help the team develop and I’ll do my best to repay that faith wherever I can.”

Talks with the driver about a role had been going on for quite a while and the driver is hopeful now that he is confirmed as a driver for Team Lotus in 2011, he can grow as a Formula One driver. He is looking forward to a career which can offer him opportunities on the f1 circuit with the Malaysian based team.

The 27-year-old also praised Tony for his support for Asian drivers in Formula One, and said that it was a vision he shared with  the team principal to add more Asian teams and drivers to the sport.

The details of the sessions and races he will be a part of are being worked out, but Chandhok is passionate to contribute to the team to take it to the top of the F1 grid.