MECHANICAL GREMLINS RUIN CHANDHOK'S RACE CHANCES AT THE TURKISH GP Chennai, India, June 7, 2009: Indian racing ace Karun Chandhok suffered mechanical problems in both his races at the Turkish Grand Prix at Istanbul. Despite his problems Chandhok...
MECHANICAL GREMLINS RUIN CHANDHOK'S RACE CHANCES AT THE TURKISH GP
Chennai, India, June 7, 2009: Indian racing ace Karun Chandhok suffered mechanical problems in both his races at the Turkish Grand Prix at Istanbul. Despite his problems Chandhok set the fastest lap of the feature race as he battled his way back after being forced to start from the pit lane. Chandhok, driving for Ocean Racing Technology, has been on the pace from day one and was looking to challenge for a podium position after a very promising start to the weekend.
Karun Chandhok's brilliant qualifying performance went in vain, as he suffered a clutch problem at the start which forced him to start from the pit lane. Starting from the pit lane, Chandhok went on to set a series of fastest laps before finally setting the fastest lap of the race, which was a 1:36:679. Chandhok moved up to 13th position after starting last and was looking good for a points finish until his engine started misfiring on the start-finish straight resulting in cars easily passing him. Chandhok will definitely be optimistic as the season wears on considering the competitiveness of team over this weekend.
Chandhok said, "Despite the incredible frustrations of the mechanical issues, I'm glad that we have turned a corner in terms of performance. I was in the top 5 in both practice and qualifying and set the fastest lap in the race. I just have to keep my head down and believe that our luck will change because the speed from Monaco and here shows that our day in the sun come very soon."
The sprint race saw Chandhok having the same problem with the clutch on the starting grid forcing him to start from the pit lane again. As in the feature race, Chandhok's engine started to misfire again and ended the race in 14th position.
Chandhok and his team-mate Alvaro Parente started off the weekend in emphatic fashion by taking the top two spots in the first free practice. Chandhok looked on course to take this form into qualifying and was lying in second position for majority of the session until the yellow flags came out. "In free practice, Alvaro and I were a full seven-tenths ahead of the rest, and car was feeling better than ever going into qualifying. In qualifying, we were looking good in second position behind Petrov until the yellow flags came out for a full 11 minutes!! After that it was a scramble in the final few minutes and I had to slow down on my fastest lap. We could have definitely gone faster but 5th place still felt great as we knew we had a good setup for the race," commented Chandhok.
Karun paid tribute to his partners Punj Lloyd, JK Tyre and Amaron "We may have lost out today but the team and I believe we are going to keep pushing to make sure our sponsors get their day on the podium soon."