Summer day 1 – Karun Chandhok

It’s the first day of the summer. There are 27 days of summer before the next race (although technically the last few days are on an F1 weekend) and handily there are 27 drivers who have participated in F1 races this season. Each day I’m going to sum up their season so far. I will also be summarising GP2, GP3 and F2 drivers, since the F2 season restarts on the same weekend as F1 (bad timing there from the FIA).

Karun Chandhok – 27
The Indian driver replaced Jarno Trulli at the German Grand Prix for Team Lotus, and it was a tough outing. He had never driven the T128 under race conditions before, and spun several times. However, he completed the race and managed his fastest lap on his final lap. He also qualified within a second of Heikki Kovalainen. The popular driver has also done several straight line tests and Friday practice sessions for the team, though they have not always gone to plan. In Australia he didn’t complete the first lap; in Turkey it rained; in Valencia his car had gearbox trouble. However, at Silverstone he managed a good session and completed over 100km. Finally, Karun and fellow Team Lotus test driver Luiz Razia took last year’s T127 around the streets of Moscow between the British and German Grands Prix.

Qualified: 20
Finished: 20
Difference: 0
Laps completed: 56/60 (93%)
Average race position: 21.65

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