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June’s audio podcast with Karun Chandhok

Team Lotus reserve driver Karun Chandhok is our latest podcast guest. He talks to Nigel Roebuck, Rob Widdows and Damien Smith about the role of the reserve driver, his contribution to Team Lotus’s ongoing development, the upcoming Indian Grand Prix and meeting his great hero, Alain Prost.

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17 comments on June’s audio podcast with Karun Chandhok

  1. Tony Geran, 1 July 2011 07:13

    A very thoughtful young man. At least we know he wouldn’t do a Schumacher and ask a deceased driver’s daughter what her father was doing these days.

  2. Ian Synge, 1 July 2011 08:08

    At risk of sounding like a stuck record, any chance of getting these podcasts available via RSS?

    Sure I can download them manually but getting them onto my MP3 player is a touch laborious and it would be really nice to be able to subscribe to them.

    It’s especially frustrating as you’ve got a big shiny RSS button in the left hand navigation, but sadly this doesn’t deliver the audio content.

    I know this has been raised with you before, but if you could action this (it can’t be that difficult) it would really make life a whole lot better.

  3. Steve H, 1 July 2011 12:03

    Intelligent, interesting, articulate, thoughtful, reasoned, well informed, interested in the history of the sport; whatever is Karun Chandok doing in F1?

    I’ve enjoyed Karun’s commentary on 5 Live in the past and this podcast was brilliant. You can’t imagine this guy throwing his teddy out of the cockpit when things don’t go his way.

    Karun, I hope you get a permanent seat and go a long way in the sport. I, for one, am a convert and will be rooting for you in future.

  4. Michael Spitale, 1 July 2011 12:40

    can’t see Karun ever getting a seat in F1 other than one he pays for… and it certainly sounds like he comes from a wealthy family…. so perhaps an HRT or Lotus can be his for the right price?

  5. Steven Roy, 1 July 2011 15:02

    It is often thought that the top driver of one generation inspires the future generation. When Schumacher said he didn’t know if Ferrari had ever had a 1-2 finish before he and Irvine did it I half expected the next generation to believe that F1 was invented the day they signed their contracts. Instead we have a generation full of genuine fans of the sport like Karun Chandhok and Paul di Resta. As well as being fans and having an understanding of the history they are able to put their views across in a way that shows their knowledge without ever sounding like they are talking down to those who are not so well informed.

    I am amazed that Karun does not have a race seat. I cannot imagine any driver being better with sponsors.

  6. Trevor Oxley, 1 July 2011 15:30

    A really enjoyable hour.

    Intelligent, articulate, knowledgeable, informative and amusing – Karun is a PR man’s dream.

    Sadly in life the good guys don’t always get the breaks they deserve, but I hope before too long Karun will get a seat In a competitive car.

  7. Michael Spitale, 1 July 2011 19:09


    That is the whole problem with F1 these days. Think about what you are saying… You are essentially saying “who cares that he is slow, he is good with sposor dates and can pay his own way”. I want the fsatest guys in the sport.

    Sure it would be idea if Kimi Raikkonen had not been a mute, but he was damn fast and that is why I tune in….

    Schumacher had tunnel vision and as we all know had little use for past legends, but perhaps his tunnel vision and selfishness is what helped him be fast in the end….

  8. chris, 1 July 2011 19:51

    Karun comes across really well, trouble is i don’t know if he is quick or not, one of the more frustrating aspects of driving these days is that need for immediate success as opposed being nurtured – i mean i have no idea if Bruno is any good either – there are some pointers but looking at certain drivers on the grid i can’t see either Karun or Bruno being any slower then them

  9. Lewis Lane, 3 July 2011 14:51

    I think you’ve hit the issue square on the nose Chris. Look at Kobayashi – no record to speak of until F1, yet well worth his place; and Kovalainen only occasionally looked decent for McLaren, but looks great in a Lotus against Trulli with that experience under his belt . To me, both Bruno and Karun look like decent pedalers, but until they get a decent shot after getting some experience behind them, there’s no way of telling – and that’s unlikely in their situations, it seems. If DC’s ever unavailable, KC should be having his door bashed in by the BBC to sit alongside Brundle.
    Tony Geran: oh ****; i can quite believe it, but please tell me that’s not true…

  10. Chris Hall, 3 July 2011 21:04

    Lewis, Nina Peterson was the young lady in question I believe. To be fair, Schumacher has never made any secret of his disinterest in the history of the sport but you’d have thought that, given the seeming paranoia of the PR brigade when it comes to “their” drivers making any sort of pubilc comment, one of them would’ve know in advance who Schumacher would be meeting and would’ve briefed him on who Nina’s father was.
    At least in 20 years time, though never F1 World Champion , Ronnies memory will still be cherished whilst Michael will be remembered as someone who won numerous championships but whose behaviour on track left a very nasty taste in one’s mouth.

  11. Chris Hall, 3 July 2011 21:09

    Oh and I thoroughly enjoyed Karuns podcast !!

  12. Lewis Lane, 3 July 2011 21:22

    Even with his disinterest in the sport, i would have thought he’d know about Ronnie, probably still one of the more famous and popular drivers… very embarassing all round, and as you quite rightly say Chris, leaves a bit of a sour taste. It’s why we should relish people like Chandhok, DiResta and Franchitti being around.

  13. Chris Hall, 4 July 2011 07:50

    My apologies Lewis, but on reflection I think it was actually Natascha Rindt ( who worked for Bernie for a while so might have met Schumacher in the course of her daily work ) rather than Nina Peterson but the sentiments still hold true.

  14. Anand, 4 July 2011 08:07

    Karun is a good commentator but unfortunately not as good in the driving department. He falls into the ‘too nice to succeed in F1′ category.

  15. Lewis Lane, 4 July 2011 12:11

    It could possibly be argued that that’s an even bigger faux pas, Chris… most of us have said dumb things in our lives, but blimey…! Living proof that even a little interest would pay benefits in a sport with the history of this one.

  16. Steven Roy, 6 July 2011 06:59


    I am a purist at heart and would love to see the best in F1 but when you consider how many teams could use more sponsorship you would have thought someone would be keen to have Karun as a number two to charm the sponsors and to sell merchandise to the fans.

    I think Karun like Bruno Senna is an enigma of driver. Neither will reach their real potential because in Karun’s case he never did karting and in Bruno’s case missed ten years of karting after the deaths of his uncle and father.

    I assume someone told Schumacher that Jochen Rindt was a racing driver as he no doubt had never heard of him. This is after all the person who didn’t know if Ferrari had ever had a 1-2 before he and Eddie Irvine.

  17. Frank, 13 September 2011 11:24

    I think Karun might be just the nicest guy ever, what an excellent interview subject. I’m glad there’s one motor sport tragic at the top level.

    And now we have a little more data in – Bruno Senna can drive a bit (after qualifying in Spa in the Renault) so Karun must be reasonably handy.

    And I hope I can see him drive at Bathurst one day.

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