Could Karun Chandhok make a race appearance on home soil?Team Lotus’ head Tony Fernandes has admitted that Karun Chandhok could make a race appearance for the team at the inaugural Indian Grand Prix in October.

Despite the Chennai-born driver having only driven one-third of a lap in this year’s T128, he is the race reserve driver in the event of any misadventure for either Jarno Trulli or Heikki Kovalainen.

However, it would seem that Fernandes hasn’t ruled out installing the 27-year-old in the cockpit on home soil anyway.

“It’s too early to confirm, but I can’t rule that out,” Fernandes told the Deccan Chronicle when the subject of a one-off outing for Chandhok was broached.

Certainly Fernandes – an astute businessman by any means – is well aware of the commercial factors at play, and admitted as such to the newspaper.

“Motor sport is booming in [Asia],” he continued. “Sponsors are ready to pour millions into the sport.

“Being the second most populous country with a vibrant economy, India offers great opportunities for F1 marketing.”

Certainly Fernandes is full of praise for the former Hispania Racing driver, describing him as having “amazing technical knowledge” and adding “value” to the team.

The views of Heikki and Jarno are not yet published…

[Original image via LAT]

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