Thursday, March 4, 2010

New F1 Team Hispania Racing F1 Names Chandhok to Drive

Recently stabilized by secure funding and management, the racing outlet now known as the HRT F1 Team (the team has now dropped the full Hispania Racing F1 name banner) scrambles to ready itself for the 2010 Formula 1 season. Holding the last vacancy of all the committed Formula 1 teams, HRT filled the gap with just 10 days remaining before the V8 F1 engines start at Bahrain. Joining the team's first named driver Bruno Senna, HRT has opted for another newcomer to F1 slating India's Karun Chandhok to command the team's other Cosworth-powered Dallara.

The second Indian driver to ever run in the Formula 1 tour (Narain Karthikeyan was the first in 2005, driving 19 races for Jordan Grand Prix), Karun Chandhok has shown himself a rising talent in the GP2 series. Formula 1 interest in the driver has spawned from 2007 when Chandhok served as a test driver with Red Bull Racing. Enthusiasm for Chandhok was renewed in 2009 when Force India was seeking a mid-season replacement to Giancarlo Fisichella.

In a distinguished career that included two GP2 wins, Kuran Chandhok's highlight is being crowned the first champion for the Asian Formula Renault series in 2006 winning an impressive 7 races and 9 poles.

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