Karun Chandhok, Lotus, Buddh International Circuit, 2011

Chandhok expects to remain a reserve driver

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up Karun Chandhok is contemplating a third driver role again in 2012.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Preparing to continue as test driver for another season: Karun (The Times of India)

“I am mentally preparing myself to continue as a test driver for another season.”

Hulkenberg: Understanding tyres key (Autosport)

“I don’t know exactly how the Pirelli tyres will behave so I will make sure that I get all of the information I need to learn quickly.”

Sutil manager calm despite search for seat (GP Update)

Manfred Zimmermann: “It is still too early to talk about an uncertain future. I cannot say who we are talking to but there are still several options.”

Welcome back pal, Alonso tells Kimi (The Sun)

“He’s one of the drivers with the biggest talent on the grid, a world champion, a wonderful person. So it’s going to be a pleasure to race alongside him.”

Government Ministers Visit Williams F1 and Williams Technology Centre Qatar (Williams)

“Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint visited the team?s factory at Grove and Lord Astor of Hever, Undersecretary of State for the Ministry of Defence visited the Williams Technology Centre in Qatar.”

The Annual 2011: Top 10 worst celebrity ads (Brand Republic)

Jenson Button’s Head and Shoulders ad is named the worst of the year.

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Comment of the day

What does the future hold for Fernando Alonso? Here’s Bananarama’s thoughts:

As much as I?d enjoy Alonso walking through a season winning almost everything single handedly, that?d get a bit boring after a while.

I?d enjoy it even more if he could win a season like 2010, everyone knows he didn?t have the best car but he just performed best. Then the next season an easy title, showing Perez how its done and then a happy retirement with four titles.

But that’s enough dreaming for now, lets see how revolutionary their new car will really be (kinda doubt it) and if that revolutionary approach really works.

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On this day in F1

Ten years ago today Nick Heidfeld voiced his disappointment at missing out on a drive for McLaren in 2002, despite having been on their driver development programme.

The seat went to his former Sauber team mate Kimi Raikkonen instead.