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Karun Chandhok

Racing driver

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.

First car:

A mighty 1-litre Maruti Suzuki Esteem

First race:

Indian National Racing Championship in 2000

Professional hero:

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 Sixties 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"

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