Bernie Ecclestone has come out in support of Hispania driver Karun Chandhok, insisting he should be driving a better car.
The Indian driver has been sidelined since the British GP with Sakon Yamamoto replacing him as Hispania look to keep financially afloat.
With India set to host its first grand prix next year, Ecclestone is eager to have a local driver on the grid to race beside the Force India team.
"Having an Indian team is obviously a big help," Ecclestone told The Times of India.
"An Indian driver will be an even better deal. I definitely want to see Karun in a better car next year. He served his apprenticeship in a car that he could do nothing about. He really needs to be in a team where he can show his potential, because I think he can be very, very good if he gets the right car."
Ecclestone's sentiments were echoed by McLaren's Lewis Hamilton.
"Karun is a very good driver," said Hamilton.
"He understands the nuances of the sport very well, and if he is able to get a better car, he would be able to make a big difference," the former World Champion added.