HRT driver Karun Chandhok has paid a high price to race in F1
17 March 2010

F1 rookie Karun Chandok has paid more than $500,000 a lap to drive for HRT so far, according to reports.

The Indian failed to feature in any of the practice sessions in Bahrain, then completed minimal running in qualifying and crashed out on the second lap of the race.

His sponsors are reported to have paid $5 million to secure him the drive for the season, meaning the nine laps he has completed have cost them in excess of $500,000 so far.

The Hispania Racing Team is one of the three new teams on the 2010 grid, and came close to folding before the season.

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17 March 2010

[quote Autocar]F1 rookie Karun Chandok has paid more than $500,000 a lap to drive for HRT so far, according to reports.

The Indian failed to feature in any of the practice sessions in Bahrain, then completed minimal running in qualifying and crashed out on the second lap of the race.

His sponsors are reported to have paid $5 million to secure him the drive for the season, meaning the nine laps he has completed have cost them in excess of $500,000 so far.
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Is he on a YTS scheme?

17 March 2010

I wonder if I can get some sponsorship to get me a seat in the paddock?

17 March 2010

I'm not sure if I'm misunderstanding the title of this post or if Autocar have made a mistake but how is he paying 500K a lap. 500K of his own money or the sponsors money? If it's the latter then surely the title should be F1 rookie costs 500K a lap???. Colour me confused.

17 March 2010

[quote C.Schweizer]500K of his own money or the sponsors money?[/quote]
No, you read it right. And it's not the first time something like this has happened. I seem to remember a Japanese driver paying to drive a few seasons back...

17 March 2010

you could look at this in a different light. if HRT did 20 laps in each practice 5 laps in q1 and finished the race of 49 laps then he would have done 114 laps which would have meant about 44k per lap. which isnt so bad still high but not really a news a story

and if that 5million is for the whole season and theres 19 races and he did 100 laps at every race its not that much at all really in F1 terms anyway

17 March 2010

The article suggests he's some sort of talentless rich boy who has paid his way in, which would seem a bit harsh. Someone must of thought he is worth a shot or they wouldn't have forked out £5million to put him on the grid, and consider that Sebastien Loeb was considered unqualified (didn't have a super licence) and it puts things into perspective...

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