The latest rumours in the Korean paddock are that Karun Chandhok may be in talks The latest gossip suggests Karun Chandhok may join Lotus as its reserve driver with Lotus Racing about a role at the team next season.

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]

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