Karun Chandhok

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Karun Chandhok
Karun Chandhok 2011 Malaysia.jpg
Born (1984-01-19) 19 January 1984 (age 30)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality  Indian
Active years 20102011
Teams HRT, Lotus
Races 11
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix
Last race 2011 German Grand Prix
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 20122013
Teams JRM, Murphy Prototypes
Best finish 6th (2012)
Class wins 0

Karun Chandhok (Tamil: கருன் சாந்தோக்) born January 19, 1984 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu is an Indian racing driver, who competes for Seyffarth Motorsport in FIA GT Series. Earlier he has competed for Hispania Racing in Formula One in 2010. Before this, he 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.

Early career[edit]

Chandhok is son of Vicky Chandhok, multiple Indian rallying champion and president of the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India since 2003.

In 2000, Chandhok was Indian National Racing Champion winning seven out of ten races in the Formula Maruti series. He 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 British Formula 3 champion team Carlin Motorsport in 2001. He raced in the National class in 2002, driving for T-Sport, finishing sixth in class. He 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 Chandhok stepped up to the main British Formula 3 class with T-Sport, and finished 14th in the standings.

He 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. He was the first driver to represent A1 Team India in A1 Grand Prix at the beginning of the 2005–06 season, before handing over to Armaan Ebrahim for the remainder of the season.

In 2006 he became champion of the first ever Formula Asia V6 by Renault Championship, taking seven race wins and nine pole positions from 12 races.

GP2 Series[edit]

Chandhok driving for iSport International at the Silverstone round of the 2008 GP2 Series season

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 driving for Ocean Racing Technology at the Monaco round of the 2009 GP2 Series season

Chandhok remained in GP2 for 2008, switching to the iSport International team where he was partnered by Bruno Senna.[1] He won one race and finished tenth in the drivers' championship. He 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.[2]

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.[3]

Chandhok signed to drive for the Ocean Racing Technology team in the 2009 GP2 Series season.[4] Even though the deal with ORT was for the pan-European series, Chandhok also drove in the final round of the 2008–09 GP2 Asia Series season, in Bahrain replacing Yelmer Buurman.[5] Chandhok amassed ten points in the championship, with a best result of third at Silverstone. He and team-mate Álvaro Parente suffered a testing season, with sixteen retirements between them.

Formula One[edit]

Force India links[edit]

Karun 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.

Chandhok said in Autosport, on 11 June 2010, that he was targeting a move to Force India for 2011. Chandhok believed that the commercial benefits for the team running an Indian driver make him an obvious choice.[6]

HRT (2010)[edit]

Chandhok recorded Hispania Racing's first finish with fourteenth position in Australia and beat team-mate Bruno Senna at the next race in Malaysia.

Chandhok began the 2010 season driving for Hispania Racing alongside former GP2 team-mate Bruno Senna,[7] becoming the second Indian driver to compete in Formula One after Narain Karthikeyan in 2005.

At Chandhok's first race, the 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix, he 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. He was, however, able to use the qualifying session to run his F110 for the first time. He qualified last on the grid, 1.7 seconds behind Senna, who had completed laps earlier in the meeting,[8] 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 he finished 15th, and finished 17th in China. 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. He 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.

Lotus (2011)[edit]

Chandhok as Team Lotus's third driver at the 2011 Italian Grand Prix.

On 22 March 2011, Chandhok was confirmed as a reserve driver at Team Lotus for the 2011 season.[9] He drove the car in free practice for the Australian Grand Prix, crashing out on the installation lap. He reprised his co-commentary role for BBC Radio 5 Live at the Spanish Grand Prix. After driving in a further three free practice sessions he replaced Jarno Trulli for the German Grand Prix.[10] He finished 20th and last, two laps behind teammate Heikki Kovalainen and a lap behind 19th placed Daniel Ricciardo. He was also 4 laps behind race winner Lewis Hamilton.[11]

Endurance Racing: 2012[edit]

For 2012, Chandhok drove in the FIA World Endurance Championship for JRM Racing in a Honda Performance Development ARX-03a with co-drivers David Brabham and Peter Dumbreck. At the Le Mans 24 Hours, Chandhok's team finished sixth overall out of the 56 starters.

FIA GT Series: 2013[edit]

Karun Chandhok has been confirmed of a seat in the FIA GT Series for the 2013 season in a last minute deal for Seyffarth Racing. He will be joined in the car by Jan Seyffarth, who has been competing in the German GT series for his family run team. Chandhok will join Armaan Ebrahim, who became the first Indian driver to be confirmed in the series. Ebrahim signed a full one-year contract with BMW Sports Trophy-Team India GT 1 Team.[12] [13]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2000 Formula Maruti  ? 10 7 10  ? 10  ? 1st
2001 Formula 2000 Asia SMR Team India 14 8  ?  ? 13 246 1st
2002 British F3 National Class T-Sport 25 0 0 1 7 156 6th
2003 British F3 National Class T-Sport 24 7 7 2 20 314.5 3rd
2004 British Formula Three T-Sport 17 0 0 0 0 37 14th
World Series by Nissan Tata RC Motorsport 2 0 0 0 0 11 16th
2005 Formula Renault 3.5 Series RC Motorsport 5 0 0 0 0 0 29th
2005–06 A1 Grand Prix A1 Team India 3 0 0 0 0 38 15th
2006 Formula V6 Asia by Renault Team E-Rain 12 7 4 4 9 131 1st
2007 GP2 Series Durango 21 1 0 1 1 16 15th
2008 GP2 Asia Series iSport International 10 0 0 0 1 7 13th
GP2 Series 19 1 0 0 3 31 10th
2008–09 GP2 Asia Series Ocean Racing Technology 2 0 0 0 0 0 26th
2009 GP2 Series Ocean Racing Technology 20 0 0 1 1 10 18th
2010 Formula One Hispania Racing F1 Team 10 0 0 0 0 0 22nd
2011 Formula One Team Lotus 1 0 0 0 0 0 28th
2012 24 Hours of Le Mans JRM (LMP1) 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 6th
FIA World Endurance Championship JRM 8 0 0 0 0 50.5 10th
2013 24 Hours of Le Mans Murphy Prototypes (LMP2) 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 7th
FIA GT Series Seyffarth Motorsport 2 0 0 0 0 11* 20th*

Complete A1 Grand Prix results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 DC Points
2005–06 India GBR
SPR

15
GBR
FEA

DNS
GER
SPR

16
GER
FEA

Ret
POR
SPR
POR
FEA
AUS
SPR
AUS
FEA
MYS
SPR
MYS
FEA
UAE
SPR
UAE
FEA
RSA
SPR
RSA
FEA
IDN
SPR
IDN
FEA
MEX
SPR
MEX
FEA
USA
SPR
USA
FEA
CHN
SPR
CHN
FEA
24th 0

Complete GP2 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 DC Points
2007 Durango BHR
FEA

9
BHR
SPR

Ret
ESP
FEA

Ret
ESP
SPR

15
MON
FEA

Ret
FRA
FEA

Ret
FRA
SPR

16
GBR
FEA

12
GBR
SPR

13
GER
FEA

Ret
GER
SPR

16
HUN
FEA

14
HUN
SPR

15
TUR
FEA

8
TUR
SPR

Ret
ITA
FEA

5
ITA
SPR

6
BEL
FEA

7
BEL
SPR

1
VAL
FEA

17
VAL
SPR

Ret
15th 16
2008 iSport International ESP
FEA

9
ESP
SPR

Ret
TUR
FEA

4
TUR
SPR

12
MON
FEA

3
MON
SPR

Ret
FRA
FEA

7
FRA
SPR

Ret
GBR
FEA

3
GBR
SPR

Ret
GER
FEA

8
GER
SPR

1
HUN
FEA

4
HUN
SPR

DNS
EUR
FEA

15
EUR
SPR

Ret
BEL
FEA

10
BEL
SPR

7
ITA
FEA

11
ITA
SPR

Ret
10th 31
2009 Ocean Racing Technology ESP
FEA

Ret
ESP
SPR

Ret
MON
FEA

7
MON
SPR

Ret
TUR
FEA

13
TUR
SPR

14
GBR
FEA

6
GBR
SPR

3
GER
FEA

11
GER
SPR

Ret
HUN
FEA

17
HUN
SPR

10
VAL
FEA

Ret
VAL
SPR

6
BEL
FEA

Ret
BEL
SPR

7
ITA
FEA

19
ITA
SPR

12
POR
FEA

Ret
POR
SPR

13
18th 10

Complete GP2 Asia Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 DC Points
2008 iSport International DUB1
FEA

7
DUB1
SPR

3
IDN
FEA

Ret
IDN
SPR

13
MYS
FEA

Ret
MYS
SPR

7
BHR
FEA

8
BHR
SPR

Ret
DUB2
FEA

Ret
DUB2
SPR

Ret
13th 7
2008–09 Ocean Racing Technology CHN
FEA
CHN
SPR
DUB
FEA
DUB
SPR
BHR1
FEA
BHR1
SPR
QAT
FEA
QAT
SPR
MYS
FEA
MYS
SPR
BHR2
FEA

9
BHR2
SPR

Ret
26th 0

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 WDC Points
2010 Hispania Racing F1 Team Hispania F110 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 BHR
Ret
AUS
14
MAL
15
CHN
17
ESP
Ret
MON
14
TUR
20
CAN
18
EUR
18
GBR
19
GER HUN BEL ITA SIN JPN KOR BRA ABU 22nd 0
2011 Team Lotus Lotus T128 Renault RS27 2.4 V8 AUS
TD
MAL CHN TUR
TD
ESP MON CAN EUR
TD
GBR
TD
GER
20
HUN BEL
TD
ITA
TD
SIN JPN
TD
KOR
TD
IND
TD
ABU BRA 28th 0

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2012 United Kingdom JRM Australia David Brabham
United Kingdom Peter Dumbreck
HPD ARX-03a LMP1 357 6th 6th
2013 Republic of Ireland Murphy Prototypes New Zealand Brendon Hartley
United States Mark Patterson
Oreca 03-Nissan LMP2 319 13th 7th

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine Tyres 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Rank Points
2012 JRM LMP1 HPD ARX-03 Honda LM-V8 3.4 L V8) M SEB
12
SPA
9
LMN
5
SIL
7
SAO
7
BHR
Ret
FUJ
5
SHA
5
10th 50.5

Complete FIA GT Series results[edit]

Year Class Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos. Points
2013 Pro Seyffarth Motorsport Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG NOG
QR

4
NOG
CR

6
ZOL
QR

8
ZOL
CR

DNS
ZAN
QR

7
ZAN
CR

4
SVK
QR

Ret
SVK
CR

6
13th 32
Vita4one Racing Team BMW Z4 GT3 NAV
QR

6
NAV
CR

Ret
BAK
QR
BAK
CR

* Season in progress.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chandhok and Senna sign for iSport". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). 2007-12-19. Retrieved 2007-12-19. 
  2. ^ "Chandhok wins Best Driving Style award". Motorsport.com. 2008-09-16. Retrieved 2011-08-21. 
  3. ^ "Chandhok receives BRDC invite". crash.net. 2008-11-26. Retrieved 2008-11-27. 
  4. ^ "ORT sign Chandhok for main series". autosport.com. 2009-02-03. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  5. ^ "Nunes leads a Piquet GP 1–2 podium finish as Kobayashi takes title". AutomobilSport (MaP). 2009-04-25. Retrieved 2010-10-20. 
  6. ^ Noble, Jonathan (2010-06-11). "Chandhok targets Force India seat". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2011-08-21. 
  7. ^ Noble, Jonathan (2010-03-04). "Chandhok announced as HRT driver". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  8. ^ Straw, Edd (2010-03-13). "Chandhok: Qualifying was a shakedown". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2010-03-13. 
  9. ^ "Karun Chandhok named as Team Lotus reserve". BBC Sport (BBC). 22 March 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  10. ^ Benson, Andrew (21 July 2011). "Karun Chandhok replaces Jarno Trulli for German GP". BBC Sport (BBC). Retrieved 21 July 2011. 
  11. ^ Bear, Matt (24 July 2011). "Lewis Hamilton wins thrilling German Grand Prix". Autosport (Haymarket). Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  12. ^ "Chandhok confirmed for GT1 World Series". The Hindu. 25 March 2013. 
  13. ^ "Nogaro FIA GT Series Entry List 2013". http://www.automobilsport.com. Retrieved 2013-03-22. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
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Formula V6 Asia Champion 2
2006
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