Chandhok on bench for 2012

2011-12-21 07:25

NEW DELHI, India - Karun Chandhok has acknowledged he will likely have to settle for another season as a test driver.

In the role during 2011, the Indian made a once-off appearance in Jarno Trulli's Team Lotus car at the Nurburgring and was hoping for a regular seat in 2012 but he is quoted by the Press Trust of India as saying:

"I am mentally preparing myself to continue as a test driver for another season. As of now, most of the teams have announced their drivers for the 2012 season. There are only two slots - one with Williams, the other with HRT.

"So, the situation is a bit difficult, but I am ready to work hard."

Chandhok is tipped to stay with Lotus as the team becomes Caterham in 2012.

He admitted it was "a tough situation" to be competing with other potential race drivers who can offer good sponsorship money".