Force India moving in right direction, says Chandhok

March 29th, 2008 - 10:31 pm ICT by admin  


New Delhi, March 29 (IANS) Ace Indian driver Karun Chandhok, racing in the GP2 series, Saturday raised a toast for the Vijay Mallya-owned Formula One team Force India saying their investment is going in the right direction and getting the results. Force India, partly owned by Indian liquor baron Mallya, finished 12th in the Malaysian F1 race March 23. The 12th place finish was the first creditable performance by the team in its debut season. The team was earlier known as Spyker but this season Mallya re-christened it as Force India.

“Spyker also used to pump in a lot of money but still they finished 21st and 22nd. Force India is also pumping in money, and they are getting the results. A 12th finish in the second F1 race of the season is a creditable performance,” Chandhok said here.

The 24-year-old driver from Chennai, who drives for iSport International, was also happy with the way his career is moving in the GP2 series, which has now become a precursor to the F1 race and is held on the same circuit and on the same day. Chandhok is also a test driver for Red Bull Racing F1 team.

“Sharing the paddock with F1 teams is a great feeling and it has been a learning experience for me. The other day in Sepang, Mark Williams (owner of BMW Williams) called me and gave me some tips. So I think I am getting noticed by the big teams in F1,” said Chandhok.

Asked whether he was in talks with any F1 team as a race driver, Chandhok said: “I have some plans and I am in touch with some teams in the F1 team. It can be anything from Red Bull to BMW Williams. But nothing is concrete at this stage.”

He also said he was not disappointed at being overlooked by Force India and added: “I knew about Vijay Mallya buying Force India long time back even before the deal was made public. We have family relations with the Mallyas but I wanted to concentrate on the GP2 circuit for the time being.”

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