Chandhok has had several Friday outings for Team Lotus Karun Chandhok

Just seven days out from the first ever Grand Prix on home soil, Team Lotus reserve driver Karun Chandhok is still in the dark as to whether he will be given the opportunity to race at the Buddh International Circuit.

Team Lotus boss Tony Fernandes has previously expressed his enthusiasm for having Chandhok on the grid for his home race, but there is also the added complexity of main drivers Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli both being contracted to race at every opportunity.

Having been given several outings for the team in Friday practice, Chandhok replaced Trulli as a one-off during the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring, but was decidedly race-rusty and had numerous spins during the weekend.

“You will definitely see me in Friday’s practice session and there I will definitely give my best,” Chandhok told the Press Trust of India, when asked about his prospects for his home race.

“But for the rest of the two days, we will have to wait and see.

“It’s a complicated thing because there are contractual complexities as the team has to honour the two contracted race drivers. But from my side I would love to race,” he hinted.

“Tony Fernandes has said many times that he would love to see it happen. But at the end of the day, one has to understand that F1 is a business.”

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Richard Bailey

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