Karun Chandhok Is New Formula E Driver Representative

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Former Formula One Indian driver Karun Chandhok currently competes in Formula E. He drives alongside Bruno Senna in the Mahindra Racing outfit. Mahindra is the only Indian team in the inaugural Formula E championship.

Formula E first race was contested on Beijing, China's streets. Karun Chandhok finished the first race and even secured points for Mahindra Racing. The FIA Formula E Championship has now nominated two names on issues regarding safety, Karun Chandhok and Oriol Servia, who will provide guidance.

Karun Chandhok commented, "Immediately after the Beijing ePrix, Alejandro Agag [Formula E CEO] started an email chain between all the drivers asking for feedback on the first event and ideas going forward. It's the first series I've been in where the drivers are really being consulted, which is fantastic."

He further added, "I look forward to working with Oriol as well as the FIA and the Formula E teams to find ways to make the tracks better for racing, safer and also explore ways to tweak the rules where needed, to improve the series."

Jean Todt, President FIA, expressed, "It's very important for the FIA to have the feedback of drivers, especially in a new and innovative championship like Formula E, which takes place on challenging city circuits."

He also said, "As the elected representatives of the Formula E drivers, Karun Chandhok and Oriol Servia will be involved in all questions related to driver safety and in particular the layout of each circuit in the championship."

In their new role Chandhok and Servia will work closely with organisers of Formula E. They will work together on matters regarding driver safety, along with safe circuit layout. The Indian was nominated owing to his vast experience in motorsports and his participation in Formula One and other championships.

The second round of the Formula E championship is scheduled to be held at Putrajaya, Malaysia. Both Karun Chandhok and team mate Bruno Senna will be pushing hard to secure points for Team Mahindra Racing. The race weekend commences on 22nd November, 2014 so make sure you catch the action.

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Story first published: Thursday, October 30, 2014, 12:01 [IST]
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