KOLLES AND CHANDHOK CONFIRM TALKS ARE IN FINAL STAGES FOR FORMULA ONE DRIVE Murcia, Spain, February 26, 2010: Amid growing speculation that Karun Chandhok will be on the F1 grid this year, Campos Meta Team principal Dr. Colin Kolles ...
KOLLES AND CHANDHOK CONFIRM TALKS ARE IN FINAL STAGES FOR FORMULA ONE DRIVE
Murcia, Spain, February 26, 2010: Amid growing speculation that Karun Chandhok will be on the F1 grid this year, Campos Meta Team principal Dr. Colin Kolles confirmed that the team were in talks with the Indian driver and were close to finalizing a deal. The newcomers Campos Meta had been recently taken over by Jose Ramon Carabante to confirm their participation in the 2010 championship. Kolles has been given the ardous task of getting the team fully operational to makes its debut in Bahrain in less than a fortnight.
Team principal Dr. Colin Kolles commented, "We have been very impressed with Karun's performance in GP2 and are close to finalizing a deal with him. India is a great country and it would be great for the sport to have an Indian driver on the grid. However we will be in a better position to comment on this over the next few days. My aim now is to make sure that we are there on the grid in Bahrain which will be a huge achievement in itself. We are moving in the right direction and will do everything in our power to make sure we are running in Bahrain, with Karun in the car."
While Karun is away training hard in Italy, his father and manager Vicky Chandhok confirmed the same, commenting "We are in talks with Colin and hope to confirm a deal very soon. We have known Colin for a number of years and we are absolutely amazed by his determination and passion to get the car on the grid in Bahrain. We have utmost faith in him and are hopeful to confirm things in the next few days."
Chandhok has been a regular front-runner in the GP2 Series in the recent past with podiums and wins at legendary circuits like Spa, Monaco and Silverstone. The GP2 series has been the stepping stone to Formula One for many leading drivers including Lewis Hamilton, Timo Glock and Nico Rosberg. Prior to the GP2 series, Chandhok was the Asian Formula Renault V6 Champion in 2006, and was a regular front runner in British Formula 3 with T-Sport. He was also the youngest ever Asian Formula Champion in 2001 and youngest Indian National Racing Champion in 2000.
-source: chandhok media