Chandhok eyeing F1 debut in 2010

Updated: Sep 12, 2009, 16:28 PM IST

New Delhi: Chennai driver Karun Chandhok is
getting ready to try Force India`s driver simulator and is
confident of proving his mettle for a Formula One debut next

Chandhok was excited after Force India owner Vijay Mallya
stated that he would like to provide the Indian an opportunity
to prove his F1 mettle on the simulated condition, although
Vitantonio Liuzzi would race during remainder of the session.

"It is a great chance for me to start working with the
Force India F1 team. I have said all along that my objective
is to be in Formula One in 2010," Chandhok said.

"To be racing in F1 in 2010 would be a dream come true
for me. Of course I would love to drive for Force India. I
think it will be good for the country and will be really good
for Indian motorsport," Chandhok said.

"I think, a lot of people back home are getting very
excited about it, terming it a very big opportunity. But
people also need to understand that we are not talking about
racing for Force India, we are not talking about testing for
Force India," he added.

After Giancarlo Fisichella joined Ferrari, Force India
promoted reserve Italian driver Vitantonio Liuzzi to the race
seat, a decision that drew criticism from some quarters.

Even F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone said that the team
should have roped in Chandhok to give motorsports a boost in

The 25-year-old, who is currently at Monza in Italy, also
thinks that GP2 races were playing crucial role to prepare him
for the highest standard of the sport.

"Formula One is the most competitive and most difficult
category in motorsport. It is top of the tree in our world and
it is the most competitive level. At the same time, nothing
better in the world to prepare you for Formula One than GP2.”

"The guys on the grid today who have come from GP. So I
think, GP2 is definitely a strong stepping stone for Formula
One and it has been well proven," Chandhok said.

On his own performance in GP2, Chandhok said, "We have
lost a lot of points from reliability issues and we should
have had a race win in Monaco, a podium in Istanbul and a
whole lot of points at other races. So our position is not a
true reflection of the potential of the team."

Chandhok was placed 18th in the current GP2 season, with
third place being his best finish.

Bureau Report