“I Fell Out of Love”: Former F1 Driver Reveals the Horrors of His Stint With Lotus

Published 08/14/2021, 9:27 AM EDT


Ever since their go-karting days, every driver has a dream of reaching Formula One. However, when they do reach the F1 grid, it’s not quite what they expected, and makes them fall out of love with the sport. This is the case with former Indian racing driver, Karun Chandhok.

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The now 37-year-old is a Sky Sports reporter but had two seasons behind the wheel in F1. He competed between 2010 and 2011, but the results were underwhelming and soon, Chandhok found himself growing apart from the world of racing.

Karun Chandhok looks back at his disappointing time in F1

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The Indian driver HRT and Lotus, but failed to bring in the results. Chandhok’s best results in his two seasons in Formula One were fourteenth place finish, which he equaled twice, which saw him earn zero points during a short stint in the sport. He stated that he had falling out with F1, and regrets ever competing in it.

Speaking to James Elson with Motorsport Magazine, Karun said, “It was very frustrating, very strange, I should never have done it. I fell out of love with F1. I’d just been messed around so much. I was in an environment where I didn’t feel I was wanted: ‘Forget the politics of F1, I’m done with it.’ It was a very unhappy time.

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Chandhok still finds himself around F1

The 37-year-old may not be behind the wheel this time, but is now a Sky Sports reporter covering the sport that he used to compete in. Along with giving some commentary about the race weekend, Chandhok also gives valuable insights into the race, and how it panned out.

Accompanying him in his Sky Sports journey are a talented team which consists of, Natalie Pinkham, David Croft, Anthony Davidson, Martin Brundle, and at times 1996 world champion, Damon Hill and 2016 world champion, Nico Rosberg.

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The former Indian driver must be relaxed as he longer as to compete in the sport and can enjoy the ongoing title fight between MercedesLewis Hamilton and Red Bull‘s Max Verstappen for the 2021 championship.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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