Q&A WITH KARUN CHANDHOK

Karun Chandhok, race­car driver, on... rac­ing

India Today - - LEISURE - —with Yo­gen­dra Pratap

Q: Apart from do­ing com­men­tary for Chan­nel 4, what com­mit­ments do you have these days?

A: The big­gest race for me is the 24 hours of Le Mans. I’m also rac­ing in se­lected rounds of the World Cham­pi­onship and Bri­tish LMP3 Cup. Q: Which were your best ri­val­ries and which driv­ers do you most re­mem­ber rac­ing against?

A: I I raced with a lot of good driv­ers— guys like Lewis Hamil­ton, Nel­son Pi­quet Jr, Bruno Senna, Hulken­berg, Gros­jean, Buemi, Mal­don­ado... Q: Any re­grets that you missed out on the In­dian Grand Prix dur­ing the three years it ex­isted?

A: That was a real shame—I had a con­tract with Lo­tus to do the race and they opted to break the con­tract for var­i­ous com­mer­cial rea­sons. Q: What are your pre­dic­tions for this week­end’s Indy 500 and the Monaco GP?

A: Indy is so un­pre­dictable, but Fernando win­ning would be such a great fairy­tale story! I’m go­ing to say Se­bas­tian to win Monaco. Q: Do you see your­self on the podium at Le Mans?

A: For Le Mans, I’m with a rookie team and a rookie team mate who’s 17 years old! A top 5 fin­ish would be amaz­ing for us.

SHIVANGNI KULKA­RNI

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