Karun Chandhok thinks he will get more time at the wheel of the Team Lotus car after replacing Jarno Trulli at the Nurburgring.
It is rumoured the Indian driver’s outing in Germany, with Trulli returning to his car this weekend in Hungary, is part of the deal struck to take his sponsorship money to the Tony Fernandes-led team as third driver.
“I believe I’ll get some more chances because Tony seems quite happy with the job I did, the engineers seem happy with the job I did,” Chandhok, who struggled on Sunday and finished last, told Reuters.
The 27-year-old is also strongly supported by his father Vicky, a leading Indian motor racing official, as well as F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone, who will be pushing for Chandhok to reappear on the inaugural Indian grand prix grid in October.
The trio, as well as Fernandes, were spotted in conversation on the Nurburgring grid.
Chandhok revealed on Monday that they had “basically told me to go away and leave it to Tony and my dad and him (Ecclestone). I think his (Ecclestone’s) last words were, ‘Get on with your job and leave us to it’.”