Karun Chandhok on new Asian talent
Karun Chandhok may not be racing in F1 this year, but the Team Lotus test driver has no problem filling his days. As Edd Straw found out, he's nurturing the next generation of Asian racing talent
What does a Formula 1 driver get up to when he is not being an F1 driver? That's exactly the predicament in which Karun Chandhok finds himself this year as, save for seven laps during Friday practice for Team Lotus so far, he has had plenty of time to fill.
Needless to say, the priority is to find a race seat by 2012 at the latest after proving himself to be a capable driver during his 10 outings with Hispania last year. But unlike some F1 aspirants, Chandhok has little problem filling his days. His boundless enthusiasm for motorsport means that he is already playing a key role in developing racing in Asia through the JK Racing Asia Series (a continuation of Formula BMW). On top of that, he joined BBC Radio's commentary team for the Turkish Grand Prix, filling in for Anthony Davidson -who was winning the Spa 1000kms for Peugeot that weekend - and continues to indulge his passion for standing on muddy banks in the rain during Formula 3 sessions!
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