January 12, 2011
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Colin Kolles has also revealed why Chandhok left the team
After being dropped from the Hispania team from the British Grand Prix onwards last year, Karun Chandhok is now facing a legal battle with his former team.
Team principal Colin Kolles explains that Karun “failed to fulfill the contract”:
"When he signed an agreement with us for the 2010 season, Karun made a lot
of promises on paper. But, he failed to fulfill his obligations. We waited
for some time, but we didn’t have any other choice than suspending him at
the German GP. We, however, did everything diplomatically. We didn’t make it
public. Since then, Karun was never in the team’s radar."
"His failed promises affected the team’s progress last year. We were
planning to do certain upgrades on the car, but everything got disturbed."
That explanation sounds vague, and there’s a reason for that. What Kolles didn’t mention was that Chandhok was thrown out because he didn’t pay the team enough money. Before the season began, Karun promised the team (allegedly) €8m, but only paid one installment of €2m.
Presumably, his sponsors must have cut off their deal. When Chandhok was unable to pay up, the team promptly threw him out of the team.
It is uncertain what will happen to Karun now, but losing this legal battle could put his racing career in further jeopardy.