India’s Karun Chandhok will partner Brazilian Bruno Senna, nephew of the late Ayrton, at Hispania for the 2010 Formula One season, the Spanish team announced on Thursday.
The team director Colin Kolles confirmed that the driver’s team line-up was now complete with the Indian Karun Chandhok all set at the wheel of the car for their first ever season. They were very impressed with Karun’s performance in GP2. He also said that India being a great country, it will be great for the race to have an Indian driver on the grid for the first Indian Grand Prix.
Chandhok who is now 26 has enjoyed a fabulous career in his three years in GP2. He has had one race victory to his name in both 2007 and 2008. In 2008 he finished 10th in the drivers’ standings and in 2009 he was 18th.
On Wednesday, the Campos Meta team changed its name to Hispania. The changed name signifies a new birth for the team’s Formula One ambitions and also highlights the incredible effort that is going on behind the scenes to ensure it makes a successful debut in Bahrain on 14 March.
The new outfit was founded by ex-driver Adrian Campos and is financed by Spanish investor Jose Ramon Carabante, but their preparations had fallen behind schedule and doubts had been raised about their readiness for Bahrain.
The feasibility of an Indian Grand Prix has long been discussed by competition organizers, the International Automobile Federation (FIA) but the race is yet to appear on the F1 calendar.