Catalunya: Karun Chandhok preview

CHANDHOK CONFIDENT FOR SEASON OPENER Chennai, India, May 7, 2009: Indian racing sensation Karun Chandhok is bullish on his prospects for the GP2 series starting in Barcelona this weekend. The GP2 Series supports all the European Formula One...

CHANDHOK CONFIDENT FOR SEASON OPENER

Chennai, India, May 7, 2009: Indian racing sensation Karun Chandhok is bullish on his prospects for the GP2 series starting in Barcelona this weekend. The GP2 Series supports all the European Formula One races and all eyes will be on Chandhok as he looks for a Formula One seat in 2010. The Chennai born driver is backed by Punj Lloyd, JK Tyre and Amaron and will be driving for the newly formed Ocean Racing Technology team in the GP2 series this year.

ORT, which is owned by former F1 driver Tiago Monteiro, is the first Portugese team in GP2 and is located at the impressive new Algarve circuit in Portugal. Chandhok has had a busy winter familiarizing himself with ORT and is focusing on the team being competitive right from the start of their maiden year in GP2. Speaking on his new team and prospects for the year ahead, Chandhok said, "I have been working closely with the team engineers, and I believe we have made good progress over the winter. The team is highly motivated and I believe together we can develop the car as the season progresses."

"My objective is simply to win races and score as many points as possible. We have a exciting season ahead as the team is new and we will need to work hard to exploit the full potential of the car, I am confident that we are well prepared and geared up to take on the challenges the season offers," he added.

The Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona includes many long high speed corners where teams normally run with high downforce levels to ensure competitiveness over the whole lap. Speaking about the home of the Spanish Grand Prix, Karun said "The Catalunya circuit is a real challenge with a complete mix of high speed and slower technical sections. I quite enjoy the circuit although I haven't been very lucky there in terms of results in the past. We had 3 days of testing there last month so everyone will be fully up to speed with the place which will make it extremely close I think."

Acknowledging the support from his sponsors Chandhok said, "My partners have shown fantastic support and we are all very excited to work with ORT this year. Punj Lloyd, JK Tyre and Amaron continue to back my program and I am very grateful to them for this. We are looking forward to a strong season together."

-credit: kc

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Tiago Monteiro , Karun Chandhok