Is Chandhok headed to GP2 again?
January 12, 2011 Leave a comment
As the rumors mount regarding the GP2 grid, some of these seem to be inevitably linked to F1. The most clear is the Lotus Racing – Air Asia relationship, where they are brothers or cousins at best.
With confirmed news that Karun Chandhok is looking into signing up as Lotus’ reserve driver for 2011, it leads all to infer that a GP2 drive with Air Asia is in the works. A very logical solution for this new team, as it brings in a talented, experienced and winning driver who can quickly put the car in the top half of the grid. As all teams start with a new chassis, the running start that more experienced outfits usually have will be reduced by this factor.
It is important to consider that Chandhok is still eligible for GP2, as he did not complete a full season of F1 last year, courtesy of the finances of HRT and the generosity of Sakon Yamamoto. Even Bruno Senna could step back into GP2, though I would find it very difficult to see him on the other side of the paddock fence this year.
Also, as Johnny Cecotto seems to be in the running for the second seat at Air Asia, an experienced driver with a sophomore year one like Cecotto seems like a solid combination.