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Karun Chandhok
Nationality  Indian
Formula One World Championship career
Current team Hispania Racing
Car # 20
Races 1
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix
Last race 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix

Karun Chandhok (born January 19, 1984 in Chennai) is an Indian racing driver, who currently drives for the Hispania Racing F1 Team 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.

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Career

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Early career

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

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 the 13th and 14th of November.

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

Force India links

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. 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.[citation needed]

2010: Hispania

Chandhok is driving for the Hispania Racing F1 Team for 2010, alongside former GP2 team-mate Bruno Senna.[6] He is 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,[7] 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.

Racing record

Career summary

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 13 7th
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 1 0 0 0 0 0* NC*

* Season in progress.

Complete A1 Grand Prix results

(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

(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

(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
DYB1
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

(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
MAL
CHN
ESP
MON
TUR
CAN
EUR
GBR
GER
HUN
BEL
ITA
SIN
JPN
KOR
BRA
ABU
NC* 0*

* Season in progress.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
New championship
Formula V6 Asia Champion
2006
Succeeded by
James Winslow

Simple English

Karun Chandhok
File:Karun Chandhok 2010
Chandhok at the 2010 Malaysian Grand Prix
Nationality n
Date of birth 19 January 1984 (1984-01-19) (age 27)
Formula One World Championship career
Races 10
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix
Last race 2010 British Grand Prix
2010 position 22nd (0 points)

Karun Chandhok (born 19 January 1984 in Chennai) is an Indian racing driver. He start 2010 driving for the HRT F1 Team in Formula One. After the British race, HRT announced that Sakon Yamamoto would replace Chandhok at the German Grand Prix.[1]

Before Formula One, Chandhok won the Formula Asia championship in 2001, was the first Formula Asia V6 by Renault champion in 2006. He then drove in the GP2 Series for three years, winning two races.

Contents

Racing record

Career summary

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 13 7th
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 HRT F1 Team 10 0 0 0 0 0 22th

* Season in progress.

Complete A1 Grand Prix results

(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 A1 Team 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

(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

(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

(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 HRT F1 Team HRT F110 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 L 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 22th 0

* Season in progress.

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