Karun Chandhok expects Indian GP track to be ready on time

Written by: Biswajeet Panda
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Karun Chandhok
Silverstone, Jul 7: The inaugural edition of Indian Grand Prix might just be going the 2010 Commonwealth Games, but Karun Chandhok believes that despite all the problems the Buddh International Circuit will be ready in time.

It can be recalled that the race was rescheduled to its original date October 30, after the FIA decided to remove the Bahrain Grand Prix from the calendar. The Bahrain that was on hold from its original March date, was rescheduled to October but was then cancelled altogether, after the decision was criticised from all quarters.

Chandhok was quoted by website F1fanatic as saying, "It is an enormous project, especially since it is the first F1 track in India. It is also not a government project, unlike in every other country apart from Silverstone."

And added, "It is a big job for them, there is a lot to take on. It will be ready, there is no doubt. It is going to be tough but they are going to be ready."

He is also expected to have a look at the Circuit sometime in August. Informming about that he said, "I will be back again driving in August. I am brand ambassador for the circuit, I am also a consultant for the project. So I will drive around just to iron out any bumps."

And added, "The last time we drove it there was some bumps on the circuit, some bits off-line and on-line, some of the joints were not great. There is a lot of input I am trying to give them to just help as much as I can because I would like to see the Grand Prix go well."

Speaking highly of the track design, he said, "This (track) one is going to be good because they have taken recommendations - I was told Michael Schumacher came up with along with Charlie Whiting (FIArace director) to make the circuit."

And added, "It is 21m in width on the entry to three of the corners so you have got a wide entry. On the opening lap of the race you could have six cars going six-wide on a 1.2km straight into turn four. It is going to be manic!"

Considering the fact that he is a local, Chandhok, who is a test driver with Team Lotus, is also expected to be given a chance by his team officials to race in the event.

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