Karun is one of only two Indian Formula 1 drivers as well as a multiple race winner and podium finisher in GP2. Karun was a test driver for Red Bull Racing in 2007 and 2008, before racing in F1 for Hispania Racing and Team Lotus in 2010 and 2011 respectively.
He has since become the first Indian to compete at Le Mans, finishing in the top six in class in 2012, 2013 and 2015. Karun also raced for Mahindra Racing in the inaugural 2014-2015 Formula E series. More recently Karun has raced at the Goodwood Revival, winning the Whitsun Trophy in a McLaren M1A in 2019.
Today Karun works as a motorsport commentator and analyst, working with five global Formula 1 broadcasters including Sky Sports F1.
A mighty 1-litre Maruti Suzuki Esteem
Indian National Racing Championship in 2000
I have so many – Jim Clark, Alain Prost and Mario Andretti among them
"I was born into a motorsport family. My grandfather started racing in the 1960s and founded India's governing body. I suppose when I take a second to reflect, it’s pretty cool to be one of only two people from a country of 1.2 billion people to have raced in Formula 1, and the first to race at Le Mans"
The parent trap
To push your kids towards a career in racing, or let them decide their futures? Karun Chandhok wonders exactly that while watching his son drive
How to solve the Andretti problem
An 11th team in F1? Inevitably, it all comes down to money… Karun Chandhok explains why the incumbents are putting up a fight, and what could be done to resolve it
F1’s greatest ever qualifying laps
Who were the greatest Saturday drivers of them all? Karun Chandhok names those who made qualifying into an art form of their own
The underrated Nigel Mansell
As Mansell celebrates his 70th birthday, Karun Chandhok explains why he deserves so much more credit as a driver than he’s received
What to do about Spa?
It seems something needs to be done to make the circuit safer, but what? Karun Chandhok believes the answer lies not in the track but what lies beyond
What makes the perfect number two driver? Karun Chandhok examines the Max and Checo dynamic and looks at some pairings from the past
The greatest F1 season
There have been 39 F1 seasons in Karun Chandhok’s life to date. But which was best? The answer is not easy…
My manifesto for the future of F1
Karun Chandhok on why Formula 1 cars need to get smaller, lighter, ditch the hybrids and be powered by carbon-neutral e-fuels. And V10 engines
Will F1 2023 be a snoozefest?
At least one rival reckons Red Bull could win every race this year. Is that likely? Karun Chandhok weighs up the probability
Trouble at Maranello?
It's been 14 seasons since Ferrari won an F1 title – just shy of its longest ever barren spell. Karun Chandhok explains what needs to be done