Chandhok back on an F1 track… for Red Bull

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Karun Chandhok, HRT’s marooned F1 driver, will be the first to do a lap at the new Korean Grand Prix track, and he’ll be running around on behalf of Red Bull.

Red Bull is holding a promotional event Sept. 4 at the new venue, but none of its drivers were available. Maybe, you know, because they are still racing.

Poor Chandhok. But maybe he’s getting paid for this gig, at least?

Here’s some details via Autosport:

“Red Bull and I know each other from my days on the junior programme,” said Chandhok, who has raced for HRT this season but has been replaced in recent events by Sakon Yamamoto. “The team’s regular drivers weren’t available due to other commitments, so I was happy to fill in.

“It’ll be a real honour to be one of the first people to drive around the new Korean circuit. The layout looks quite good fun on paper and I look forward to driving a winning team’s car there next weekend.”

Korea had hoped to have its track finished by the end of this month, but poor weather at the venue has delayed its completion.

There can’t be a Korean GP story without some hint that the track may never get ready. Take that last line however you will.

Shall we assume that Chandhok won’t be getting back in an HRT anytime soon?

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