Chandhok & Karthikeyan's season review & their 2012 chances

Karun Chandhok

To read about Karun’s journey from the start of the season until the Hungarian GP, click here

Post the summer break, the work began straightaway for Karun as he drove in the FP1 in the Belgium GP. It was yet another wet session where he got little running. He got another run in Itlalian GP, thankfully it was a dry weather and he managed to get more laps under his belt. By that time, we all were hoping that he will get a race seat for Indian GP. Next up he got a run in Japan GP, where he did a really good job to be within about 0.800 of a second of Trulli in a dry run.

In Korean GP, it was mayhem as for most part of the FP1 session, it was raining. But Karun impressed to finish at P11 in those wet & tricky condition. In the build up to Indian GP, it was certain that Karun won’t get a full seat at the GP and will only get a FP1 run and that’s what happened. It was great to see him drive & set the first timed lap of the GP. It was a proud moment for all of us to see him drive. With Indian GP, Kraun’s season came to an end as he didn’t get any more run.

He had a decent year all together, got many FP1 chances and a surprise race seat in German GP. He did well in the limited chances he got. We haven’t heard anything about his 2012 plans but it looks he will stay at Caterham F1 as a reserve. Though he has a slim chance of getting the Force India reserve because of Sahara’s entry.

Narain Karthikeyan

To read about Narain’s journey from the start of the season until the Hungarian GP, click here

Karthikeyan became a mere spectator for most part of the season after he was replaced by Ricciardo. But after Italian GP, it was announced that he will drive for the team in the first ever Indian GP. In preparation of the Indian GP he drove in the FP1 of the Singapore GP, first time for him there. A difficult start but considering the other factors, it was a decent return. He got another run in Japan GP, making it a rare time when two Indian are on the grid at the same time. This time he was really close to Ricciardo, just about 0.600 of a second.

In the wet condition of Korean GP, Karthikeyan did well to complete few laps and beat his team-mate comfortably. Next up the Indian GP, Karthikeyan was the lone Indian on the grid to drive for the whole weekend. He was the first one to be out in FP1, it was a proud moment for us to see him, Karun and the two Force India cars. He qualified well but was penalised for blocking Schumi in Q1. His race went quite good, better than all our expectation as he finished ahead of his team-mate and other of his closest competitors. His comeback season came to an end with Indian GP.

For a comeback season, he did well all along in a car which was clearly not the best. It was a bit unfortunate to see him getting replaced mid season but this is F1 and anything can happen anytime. His future in F1 is looking very bleak at the moment. The best option for him is HRT and perhaps a reserve role in some team but we haven’t heard anything about his plans. I am afraid he is out of F1 once again.

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