Mumbai : Williams has named former F1 racer Karun Chandhok as the official driver of the team's heritage division. Chandhok, who raced for HRT in 2010 and was Lotus reserve driver in 2011, is currently part of Channel 4's broadcasting team. In his new role, Chandhok will focus on the testing and public demonstration of Williams' historic racing cars, a collection which dates back to the team's first F1 season in 1977.
Karun will make his debut as the heritage driver at Goodwood Festival of Speed where he will be taking a 1983 FW08C and 1990 FW13B up the Goodwood hill. Williams Heritage is a collection of all the cars that ever took part in Formula1 racing ever since the team debuted in 1977. Karun became the second Indian to race in Formula1 after Narain Karthikeyan when he made his debut for Hispania Racing Team in 2010.
Karun Chandhok said: “Williams is such an iconic British team, steeped in racing history so it’s a real honour to be involved in its Heritage programme. So many of the Williams Heritage cars are pieces of racing history with great stories to tell, so to be offered the chance to get up close and personal and drive them – sometimes being the first person to do so in decades – is an incredible opportunity. “I look forward to not only demonstrating the cars from time to time, but working with other Williams car owners to help them fully enjoy their experience of driving these pieces of F1 history,” he added.
Williams Heritage Director Jonathan Williams is equally excited to have Chandhok in the heritage division. He said,“With a wealth of experience in a wide range of championships, including Formula One, GT, LMP1 and Formula E, Karun was the ideal candidate to be our Heritage driver. What’s more, he has a real passion for motorsport history and is a font of knowledge when it comes to Formula One.”