Karun Chandhok has advised F1’s travelling circus to take care this week in India.
Some team bosses recently played down fears about ‘Delhi belly’, but Team Lotus reserve driver Chandhok – a brand ambassador and also a consultant of the new Buddh circuit – has admitted some caution will be necessary.
He told the Swiss newspaper Blick: “The Indian culture will be a shock to many.
“It is organised chaos, maybe like a mixture of Brazil and Malaysia. It affects everything – the traffic, the food, our way of life. We are very loud, chaotic. From the moment you arrive you will experience this madness, which will surprise everyone but it also means India is a country with soul.
“Nothing is structured – if someone says 12.30, he means 1 or 2 o’clock. So then you could think of Italy!”
Veteran Blick correspondent Roger Benoit asked Chandhok how F1’s travellers should prepare for their forthcoming adventure.
“Many will get vaccinated, yes, but you definitely need to be careful with food,” he answered. “Only drink bottled water, don’t use ice, don’t eat salad. Only eat cooked food. This should mean you won’t have problems.”