Karun Chandhok will be vying to secure a test driver role in 2012

Karun Chandhok looks set to serve another year on the Formula 1 sidelines, with the Indian driver confirming that he’ll be targeting a test driver role with one of the teams in 2012.

Having made occasional Friday practice outings for Team Lotus in 2011, Chandhok made a one-off start for the team at the German Grand Prix in place of Jarno Trulli. His race-rustiness was apparent, with the Chennai-born driver having numerous off-track excursions and spins during the weekend.

He had held out hopes that he’d be given another shot at a race start for the inaugural Indian Grand Prix, but team boss Tony Fernandes vetoed the idea, which reportedly infuriated Chandhok and damaged the relationship with the team and its reserve driver.

But this might not actually be the case, with the latest speculation suggesting that he will remain with the team – under its Caterham guise – in a test driver capacity next year.

“I am mentally preparing myself to continue as a test driver for another season,” he told the Press Trust of India.

“As of now, most of the teams have announced their drivers for the 2012 season. There are only two slots up for grabs – one with Williams and other with HRT.

“So the situation is a bit difficult but I am ready to work hard,” he added, also admitting that the driver market was a “tough situation” with many race drivers trying to bring considerable sponsorship to the table in the hope of securing drives on the 2012 grid.

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