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Indian Racing Driver Karun Chandhok Biography
Karun Chandhok is born January 19, 1984 in Madras. Karun Chandhok is an Indian Racing Driver, who made his debut for Hispania Racing in the open cockpit motor racing formula, Formula One in 2010. Before this, Karun Chandhok drove in the GP2 Series for three years, winning two races.
Prior to his time in GP2, Chandhok won the Formula Asia championship in 2001 and was the inaugural Formula Asia V6 by Renault champion in 2006.
Karun Chandhok Careers
In 2000, Karun Chandhok was Indian National Racing Champion winning seven out of ten races in the Formula Maruti series. Karun Chandhok scored Pole position and fastest lap in all ten races. In 2001 Chandhok was the Formula 2000 Asia champion, becoming the youngest ever Asian Formula Champion, driving for Team India Racing.
Chandhok tested with Karun Chandhok British Formula 3 champion team Carlin Motorsport in 2001. Karun Chandhok raced in the National class in 2002, driving for T – Sport, finishing sixth in class. Karun Chandhok stayed with T – Sport in the National Class for 2003, and finished third in the final class standings, behind champion Ernesto Viso and runner – up Steven Kane. In 2004 Karun Chandhok stepped up to the main British Formula 3 class with T – Sport, and finished 14th in the standings.
Karun Chandhok was instantly a top 5 qualifier and finisher when he partnered his compatriot Narain Karthikeyan at RC Motorsport in the World Series by Nissan for the final two rounds the 2004 season.
With Karthikeyan moving on to Formula One in 2005, Chandhok raced part – season in the revised Formula Renault 3.5 Series with RC Motorsport. Karun Chandhok was the first driver to represent A1 Team India in A1 Grand Prix at the beginning of the 2005 – 2006 season, before handing over to Armaan Ebrahim for the remainder of the season.
In 2006 Karun Chandhok became champion of the first ever Formula Asia V6 by Renault Championship, taking seven race wins and nine pole positions from 12 races.
Karun Chandhok GP2 Series
Karun Chandhok moved to the GP2 Series in 2007, driving for Durango. Chandhok’s first win in GP2 came in the sprint race at the Spa – Francorchamps circuit in Belgium. Chandhok also led the sprint race in Turkey after starting from pole, only for the second place Kazuki Nakajima of DAMS to collide with him. The collision resulted in retirement for Chandhok while Nakajima was given a drive – through penalty.
Chandok got his biggest career break in November with a call up from the Red Bull Racing Formula One team to test for them over two days at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona on 13 – 14 November.
Chandhok remained in GP2 for 2008, switching to the iSport International team where Karun Chandhok was partnered by Bruno Senna. Karun Chandhok won one race and finished tenth in the drivers’ championship. Karun Chandhok also drove for the team in the 2008 GP2 Asia Series season. After winning one race and finishing tenth in the championship, Chandhok was presented with the series “Best Driving Style” award at the end of the season. In November, Chandhok became the first Indian driver to be invited to join the British Racing Drivers Club. India’s membership of the Commonwealth entitles him to be a member.
Chandhok signed to drive for the Ocean Racing Technology team in the 2009 GP2 Series season. Even though the deal with ORT was for the pan – European series, Karun Chandhok also drove in the final round of the 2008 – 2009 GP2 Asia Series season, in Bahrain replacing Yelmer Buurman.
Karun Chandhok amassed ten points in the championship, with a best result of third at Silverstone. Karun Chandhok and team – mate Alvaro Parente suffered a testing season, with sixteen retirements between them.
Karun Chandhok to Force India Links
Karun Chandhok was linked with the Force India team, which was created in 2008. It is an Indian registered – team and is owned by a friend of the family, Vijay Mallya. After the team’s driver, Giancarlo Fisichella, moved from Force India to Ferrari during the 2009 season, Chandhok was briefly linked with the seat, with even long – time supporter Bernie Ecclestone supporting him.
The team’s test driver, Vitantonio Liuzzi, was instead promoted to the race seat. After Liuzzi was confirmed as a race driver, Vijay Mallya stated that he would offer Karun and Neel Jani, who has an Indian father, a chance to prove themselves in the McLaren F1 simulator. It was thought that this test could lead to a Reserve drive or future race drive for either with Force India.
Chandhok has said in Autosport, on 18 June 2010, that Karun Chandhok is targeting a move to Force India for 2011. Chandhok believes that the commercial benefits for the team running an Indian Driver make him an obvious choice.
2010 : Karun Chandhok Hispania
Chandhok began the 2010 season driving for Hispania Racing alongside former GP2 team – mate Bruno Senna, becoming the second Indian Driver to compete in Formula One after Narain Karthikeyan in 2005.
At Karun Chandhok’s first race, the 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix, Karun Chandhok was unable to complete a lap in any of the free practice sessions as his car was still being completed and then suffered hydraulic problems. Karun Chandhok was, however, able to use the qualifying session to run his F110 for the first time.
Karun Chandhok qualified last on the grid, 1.7 seconds behind Senna, who had completed laps earlier in the meeting, and crashed out of the race after just one lap due to a large bump in the tarmac which sent him crashing into the wall. Chandhok recorded the team’s first classified finish, when he ended up fourteenth in Australia. In Malaysia Karun Chandhok finished 15th and finished 17th in China.
Karun Chandhok retired in the next three races with suspension failure in Spain, an accident with Jarno Trulli in Monaco and more technical problems in Turkey. Karun Chandhok finished 18th in Canada and Valencia, and 19th at Silverstone, but was dropped for the German Grand Prix onwards, in favour of Sakon Yamamoto. For all the following races he was a co – commentator on BBC Radio 5 Live’s coverage of the sport.
2011 : Karun Chandhok Team Lotus
On 22 March 2011, Karun Chandhok was confirmed as a reserve driver at Team Lotus for the 2011 Season. Karun Chandhok drove the car in free practice for the Australian Grand Prix.
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