Fri, 15 Apr 2011 14:30:11 GMT

India GP race cockpit for Chandhok possible - Fernandes

Team Lotus boss Tony Fernandes admits that Karun Chandhok could race at the inaugural Indian grand prix in October.


Chandhok is only a reserve for the Malaysian team's regulars Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen, but Fernandes admitted that the first race in Delhi is an unique opportunity.

Hispania Racing Team Formula One driver Karun Chandhok of India arrives at the British Formula One Grand Prix circuit in Silverstone, England.

Hispania Racing Team Formula One driver Karun Chandhok of India arrives at the British Formula One Grand Prix circuit in Silverstone, England on Thursday, July 8, 2010

"It's too early to confirm, but I can't rule that out," the AirAsia chief told the Deccan Chronicle when asked about a one-off outing for Indian Chandhok later this year.

"Motor sport is booming in the continent (Asia)," said Fernandes. "Sponsors are ready to pour millions into the sport.

"Being the second most populous country with a vibrant economy, India offers great opportunities for F1 marketing," he added.

As for Chandhok, Fernandes said the 27-year-old has "amazing technical knowledge" and "adds value" to Team Lotus.

Source: GMM

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