Preparing to continue as test driver for another season: Karun

Last Updated: Dec 20, 2011, 13:31 PM IST

Abu Dhabi: Ace Indian driver Karun Chandhok said that such is the situation in the Formula One arena that he might have to continue as a test driver for any of the teams in the upcoming season.

"I am mentally preparing myself to continue as a test driver for another season. As of now, most of the teams have announced their list of drivers for the 2012 season. There are only two slots up for grabs -- one with the Williams and other with the HRT (Hispania Racing Team).”

"So situation is a bit difficult but I am ready to work hard," Chandhok, who is one of premier faces of the upcoming i1 Super Car Series told the mediapersons at the launch.

Asked about the economics and parameters that are taken into account when F1 teams zeroed in on their list of drivers, Chandhok said, "Now the F1 teams are also looking at drivers who can essentially bring them good sponsorship money. It`s indeed a tough situation."

The Chennai lad said that he opted to participated in the i1 series in order to promote motorsport in India.

"It`s a concept which is aimed at grabbing the attention of the new audience. As far as I am concerned, I am ready to lend my hand at anything that will help promote the motorsport in India," insisted Chandhok.

"The timing of the race also suits my availability as it will be held in the winter after the conclusion of the F1 season. The F1 still remains my primary focus but there won`t be any shortage of commitment in my participation in i1. This will certainly be a big boost for the upcoming Indian drivers," he added.

PTI