The rumour was aired during the BBC’s F1 broadcast with the broadcaster’s pit lane reporter Ted Kravitz claiming that the Indian may join the squad as its reserve driver with a view to a full-time race seat for 2012.
Kravitz quoted an unnamed Lotus source admitting that the 26-year-old from Chennai – who made his F1 debut with Hispania Racing before being sidelined mid-season in place of the better-funded Sakon Yamamoto – is “a great guy”.
While many in the paddock would certainly back that personality assessment of Chandhok, that doesn’t necessarily translate into a full-time role with a team, and Chandhok for one is hopeful that his F1 career hasn’t stalled after just a handful of races.
“There is a lot to discuss for next year with the HRT team, but also with other teams to see what other options are available for me, but I do feel good about my prospects,” he is quoted as saying by The National newspaper.
Chandhok has not been present at either the Japanese or Korean Grands Prix.
[Original image via AUTOSPORT]