Sunday, June 27, Valencia, Spain: Indian Formula One driver Karun Chandhok finished in a creditable 18th position at the European Grand Prix in Valencia, Spain. The Indian driver finished ahead of his team-mate and Virgin driver Timo Glock. Chandhok drove a stong and consistent race
to avoid all the mayhem around him and finish in a very respectable position.
For the third time this season, the Spanish Hispania Racing, HRT F1 Team was able to finish the race with both cars. The Spanish team added more valuable experience in Valencia and was able to continue fighting for positions with other teams. After a hard-fought race, Karun Chandhok crossed the line in 18th position, and Bruno Senna ended up 20th.
Karun Chandhok, Race driver #20:
"It was a reasonable race for me. The pace early on was quite good but then I started to struggle with the option tyres. We decided to pit under the safety car and switch to primes which was a good decision as I was able to then settle into a rhythm and pull away from Bruno. At the end though, having done 47 laps on one set of tyres I didn't quite have enough pace to fight against Timo and he managed to muscle past on the final lap. All in all, I am quite pleased with the job I did today and it's good for the team to get two cars to the finish in front of their home supporters".
Dr Colin Kolles, Team Principal:
"We started on different strategies into the race. Bruno started on prime tyres and Karun was on options. We decided to do Karun's pit stop during the safety car period and to win some positions thereby, as the Virgins were on a different strategy. Unfortunately, there were two incidents where both drivers' front wings were damaged."