Chandhok wants a future with Lotus

Date published: July 23 2011

Karun Chandhok has downplayed his German GP drive for Team Lotus, although hopes it will lead to a future with the F1 team…

Karun Chandhok has downplayed his German GP drive for Team Lotus, although hopes it will lead to a future with the F1 team.

Chandhok is replacing Jarno Trulli for this weekend’s German GP in a move that came as a suprise to many when it was announced on Thursday.

And although the Indian racer admits it’s not an “ideal situation” to swap drivers – or be the one taking another’s race-seat – he is hoping it will lead to a future as a Team Lotus race driver.

“It’s never an ideal situation, but we’re all professionals, this is Formula 1, it isn’t a form of club racing,” he told BBC Radio Norfolk.

“Jarno’s wished me well, it just shows he’s a great team player.

“I know a little bit about these sorts of situations from last year when Hispania had a few driver rotations.

“It’s never nice for the person not driving, as I know from last year, but Jarno’s a total professional.”

He added: “This weekend’s about building foundations for the future hopefully.

“I’d love to be at the team long term and to have the opportunity to race for the team full-time.

“But as of now it’s a one off and I’ll quite happily take the weekend.”

Chandhok finished Friday’s practice in 20th place, just under 1.5s behind team-mate Heikki Kovalainen.

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