Posted by Carrot on July 30, 2010 | No Comments
Indian driver Karun Chandhok will miss another race this weekend. The young driver, who is currently the second highest of the new team drivers in the standings after Heikki Kovalainen, will be replaced by Sakon Yamamoto. This is the second race in a row that Chandhok has been forced to sit out after also missing last week’s German Grand Prix.
This certainly underlines the desperate financial situation that Hispania are in. If it was a driver change to improve performance surely Chandhok would have been left in the cockpit or the second reserve driver, the experienced Christian Klien, would be driving instead of Yamamoto. Hispania are risking alienating potential sponsors for next year by taking this ‘hand to mouth’ approach, the new market of Indian sponsors will surely be displeased that the team is benching Chandhok. This approach could also prove the various paddock personalities that predict that not all the new teams will be on the grid next year, most recently this was voiced by Bernie Ecclestone in the same interview where he said that the new teams, apart from Lotus, were not of value to the sport.