Chandhok's HRT Seat Threatened by 2-3 Drivers
“I''ve got a one year contract with the team but we will definitely talk about next year and the possibility of doing something together,” said Chandhok in an interview with ESPN F1.
“(...) But they need financial investment and maybe they'll look at drivers who can offer more money, I don't know. Certainly they need to consider that, I'm sure. I know there are two or three people talking to them about next year, but I think we're in good shape,” added the Indian driver.
Needless to say, his performances in the HRT single-seater this season don't recommend him for a racing seat anywhere else in the series, but then again so is the case with his teammate Bruno Senna. Everybody in the paddock agrees that it's the chassis provided by Dallara to blame, not the rookie drivers behind its wheel, but Chandhok agrees that the sponsors don't see it that way.
Asked about the possibility of raising enough money to continue his F1 adventure with Hispania, the Indian driver looked at the bigger picture and agreed that his chances of attracting sponsorship are quite slim.
“They've got an Indian driver who's getting a lot of press and lot of attention around the world, but admittedly he's at the back of the grid with a team that's at the back of the grid. So do they invest with that or do they invest with an Indian team, which is really just Indian in owner and in name, but is further up the grid. And unfortunately I think they are just sitting on the fence,” added Chandhok.
He also made it very clear that HRT cannot be compared to Lotus F1, the newcomers who have developed the quickest from the newly entrants, as the Malaysian-backed organization has two winning drivers in its lineup, as well as the money and other resources to develop the 2010 challenger.
“So far we're looking very competitive against Bruno and that's all I can do really,” added the Indian, hinting that his teammate remains his only rival for the 2010 season.