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Karun Chandhok will not drive for Lotus in Indian GP // Karun is disappointed to only be driving in practice

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Karun Chandhok will not drive for Lotus in Indian GP
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This is F1Minute - Karun Chandhok will not drive for Lotus in Indian GP.

Narain Karthikeyan has his seat safe at HRT for the upcoming Indian Grand Prix, but Karun Chandhok has not been so lucky over at Team Lotus. The reserve driver will remain just that this weekend, taking part in one Friday practice session but sitting out the race.

Chandhok is bitterly disappointed that he won’t feature on the grid for the inaugural race, especially as he has been a key figure in promoting it - often visiting the track, taking photos of the building progress, and writing about the new circuit.

Talking about the decision, Chandhok says: “I’ve been involved with the project since the track was an empty piece of land. There’s such a buzz in India at the moment - I’ve done 28 interviews in the last two days... I’m sure it’s been a tough call for Tony Fernandes to make, and on some level I think he’s feeling some pain about it as we’ve always had a good personal relationship.”

For his part, team principal Tony Fernandes said: “Whilst all the emotional reasons for him driving were right, we were conscious that the limited running he has had in the car this season has not given him the best preparation.”