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Formula One Fantasy - Lotus's Karun Chandhok 01 Nov 2011

Karun Chandhok (IND) Team Lotus Reserve driver.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 15, Japanese Grand Prix, Preparations, Suzuka, Japan, Thursday, 6 October 2011 Winner Alain Prost(FRA), Renault RE40 French GP - Paul Ricard, 17 April 1983. World © Phipps/Sutton Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes GP MGP W02.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 6,  Monaco Grand Prix, Race, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Sunday, 29 May 2011 James Hunt (GBR) Hesketh 308 retired from the race on the eleventh lap with a broken rear hub. German Grand Prix, Nurburgring, 3 August 1975. The grid awaits the green light: Pole sitter Alain Prost Williams FW15C waits alongside team mate Damon Hill Williams FW15C; Michael Schumacher (GER) Benetton B193B and race winner Ayrton Senna (BRA) McLaren MP4/8 make up the second row. European Grand Pr Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 16, Korean Grand Prix, Race Day, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Sunday, 16 October 2011 Ron Dennis (GBR) McLaren Executive Chairman.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 15, Singapore Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, Saturday, 25 September 2010 Race winner Alain Prost (FRA) Williams FW15C Canadian Grand Prix, Montreal, 13 June 1993. World © Sutton Karun Chandhok (IND) Team Lotus T128 Reserve Driver.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 17, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Practice Day, Friday, 28 October 2011

He may have just missed out on fulfilling what must have been his ultimate F1 fantasy - to race in front of his home crowd at the inaugural Indian event - but Lotus tester Karun still has plenty of other ideas when it comes to his ultimate Formula One wish list. Chandhok reveals why teaming up with Alain Prost in a Hesketh, complete with active suspension and a ’90s-style steering wheel, around the streets of London would be the next best thing to racing in Delhi…

Q: You must choose a city for a new Formula One street circuit - which city, anywhere in the world, do you choose, and why?
Karun Chandhok:
London. I think the British Grand Prix in the heart of the city around all the historical parks and monuments would be fantastic.

Q: If you could choose one former world champion as your team mate, who would you choose and why?
Alain Prost - I feel there would be a lot I could learn from him. He’s not called ‘Professor’ for nothing!

Q: Formula One innovations of the past - ground effect, active suspension, turbocharging, six wheels, the list goes on. If you could bring back one past innovation, what would it be and why?
I love the idea of active suspension - I think that it was such a brilliant concept in an era when the study of aerodynamics was nowhere close to the level it is today

Q: What innovations would you like to see in the future?
I think F1's in pretty good shape actually now. We have a good balance of circuits and rules for overtaking, but also keeping the essence of F1.

Q: You can only drive at one circuit for the rest of your life - which circuit, past or present from anywhere in the world, do you choose?
Monaco - forever!

Q: Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Tyrrell, March are just some of the teams that have departed the sport. Which former team would you most liked to have raced with and why?
I would've loved to work with Hesketh - they sounded like great fun.

Q: You have to design a new F1 circuit, combining all your favourite corners from other tracks around the world. Which three corners are top of your list and why?
The left-right around the Hotel de Paris and Casino Square in Monaco - a fantastic challenge to commit as you go over the blind crest; Ascari in Monza - so difficult to get the line right and get a good exit with low downforce; and Maggots/Becketts at Silverstone - such a challenge to get the line right and change direction in the right way.

Q: You can travel back in time and compete in any decade of Formula One racing, from the 1950s to the 1990s. Which decade would you choose and why?
Hmm... probably the 1990s. I loved the look of the early 1990s cars and the way they were sophisticated yet simple, without millions of buttons on the steering wheel.

Q: What current Formula One regulation would you most like to change and why?
I'm not a big fan of KERS - it seems very expensive and doesn't really add to the show if everyone has the same amount of power boost.

Q: If you could pick two Formula One greats of the past (from different eras) to watch race against each other, who would you pick?
Senna and Schumacher at their peaks!

Q: If you were a team boss, which current driver would you pick first for your team (excluding yourself and your current team mate)?
Fernando Alonso.

Q: Just 19 of the world’s motor racing circuits feature on the current F1 calendar. You can add one more. Which circuit do you pick and why?
Laguna Seca - it looks like a fantastic circuit and I like the idea of F1 going back to America.

Q: You are having a dinner party and can invite four people from the world of motorsport, past or present. Who do you invite?
Frank Williams, Ron Dennis, Ken Tyrrell and Colin Chapman - think of the stories they could tell…

Q: You are given the chance to drive any legendary Formula One car of the past (excluding those made by your own team). Which car would you choose?
The 1993 Williams FW15C or the 1990 Ferrari 641

Q: Rooftop swimming pool, bowling alley, revolving sushi bar – just some of the features most F1 motorhomes don’t possess. If you could add one thing to your team’s motorhome, what would it be?
An elevator - the staircase is really steep!

Q: Imagine you have just won the world title. Where would you go for your celebratory meal and what would choose from the menu?
Ah, that's an easy one - The Khushboo in Brackley and I would have a ‘Karun's special’!

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