The Great Debate (India)

COLUMN – Karun Chandhok: Flat out off track


Karun ChandhokThe British Grand Prix weekend has always been one of my favourites. Ever since I raced here in the GP support race in Formula 3, it’s always been a weekend I’ve looked forward to — great crowd, great circuit, fantastic atmosphere and I get to stay in my own bed.

But being my adopted home race makes it a really busy weekend for me off track. The weekend really started on Wednesday itself this time. I promised the catering guys and also some of the guys in the team that I would bring them real home-cooked curry for lunch when they came to England and on Wednesday I did just that.

Karun's carIt was borderline spicy for a lot of people but everyone seemed to enjoy it – Sakon even asked me to write down the recipe for him. I spent Wednesday afternoon cycling around the circuit. Despite all the noise about the “new” circuit, to me it really wasn’t a big deal — three new corners really doesn’t make a “new circuit” but it was still nice to spend a couple hours pedalling around.

The wind was ridiculously strong which made pedalling around hard work and gave me an idea of just what it would be like in a super aero-sensitive machine such as a Formula 1 car.

COLUMN – Karun Chandhok: Satisfying weekend in Valencia


Karun ChandhokThe European GP weekend was another positive result for me and a race that I quite enjoyed. I had to work really hard to pull away from my teammate Bruno Senna and then also fight on strategy with the faster Virgin Racing car of Timo Glock and to end the weekend 18th ahead of them was very satisfying.

Watching the replay of the race on Monday, the two clear highlights seemed to be Mark Webber’s accident and the whole safety car story. Mark’s shunt was pretty incredible — I really can’t recall anything so dramatic in a while, maybe Robert’s accident in Montreal in 2007 compares but this was a biggie. I sent Mark a quick e-mail straight away after seeing it and I’m glad to say he replied to say he was alright.

COLUMN – Karun Chandhok: Canadian GP a mixed bag


The Canadian GP weekend was a real mixed bag of ups and downs for me. It was my first visit to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, or for that matter to Canada.

I’ve grown up watching lots of races there on TV and was really looking forward to driving there this season.

COLUMN – Karun Chandhok: Turkish GP a bit frustrating


The Turkish Grand Prix weekend was a particularly frustrating time for me. Although they ended with Alguersari (Jaime) and Trulli (Jarno) respectively driving into me, the strong races I had in Barcelona and Monaco meant that I was looking forward to driving at Istanbul Park.

Karun ChandhokIt’s a circuit which I quite enjoy and was generally quite strong at when I did GP2 in the past.