5 Mar 2010

Indian to drive for HRT F1

7:42 am on 5 March 2010

India's Karun Chandhok will make his Formula One race debut with the new Spanish-based HRT team this season.

The 26-year-old Chennai-born driver will partner Brazilian rookie Bruno Senna at the cash-strapped team, who have changed their name from Campos Meta, when the season starts in Bahrain next week.

India, with a circuit under construction near New Delhi, is due to make its debut on the race calendar next year.

The only other Indian driver to have raced in Formula One was Narain Karthikeyan for the Jordan team in 2005.

Chandhok also partnered Senna, nephew of the late triple world champion Ayrton, in the GP2 support series.

HRT, also known as Hispania Racing F1 team, changed their name this month after Campos were bought by Spanish businessman Jose Ramon Carabante.

The Cosworth-powered car, which has not been tested ahead of next week's season opener, was unveiled today in the south-eastern city of Murcia where the first Spanish F1 team will be based.