About Karun

Name: Karun Chandhok

Nationality: Indian

Date of Birth: 19 / 1 / 1984

Place of Birth: Chennai, India

Lives: Brackley, England


Twitter: https://twitter.com/karunchandhok

Official website: www.karunchandhok.com

YouTube : www.youtube.com/karunracing

Karun Chandhok is part of a very exclusive club of only two Indian Formula 1 drivers. A multiple race winner and podium finisher in GP2, Karun was a test driver for the Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team in 2007 and 2008, before going on to race in Formula 1 for Hispania Racing and Team Lotus in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

Since 2012, he has been competing in Sportscars, becoming the only Indian to ever compete in the iconic Le Mans 24 hour race, finishing in the top 6 in class at Le Mans in 2012, 2013 and 2015. Karun also joined Mahindra Racing for the all new Formula E series, a historic new championship for Electric race cars for the inaugural season in 2014-2015.

Karun was born into a motor racing family where his father, grandfather and even grandmother used to race! After winning the Indian National Championship on debut in 2000, he won the Formula Asia Championship in 2001 before moving to England where he was a front-runner in Formula 3. Karun went back to Asia and won the Asian Renault V6 series in 2006, which served as a launch pad up to GP2 and then Formula 1.

In recent times, Karun has also experienced historic racing competing in a Jaguar E type and a Mini Cooper S at the Goodwood Revival apart from being a regular driver for the Williams Formula 1 team’s heritage cars.

A resident of Brackley in Northamptonshire, Karun has built up quite a name for himself as a commentator and analyst for motorsport. He was a main commentator on the Formula 1 broadcast for Star Sports in Asia as well as BBC Radio 5 Live in the UK for a number of years. More recently he worked with Sky Sports F1 in the UK and BeIN Sports in Qatar and in 2016 joined the team at Channel 4 in the UK for their Formula 1 broadcast. He is a regular columnist for the world’s leading motorsport magazine, Autosport and has also worked with Jeremy Clarkson for his end of year DVD, National Geographic and a host of Indian news channels.

In a consultancy role, Karun has worked closely with Bernie Ecclestone and Formula 1 Management as well as the Jaypee Group on the Indian Grand Prix. He also works with Nissan on the GT Academy program in India, with the Tata Group on the T1 Truck Racing Series, with JK Tyre on a variety of programs and with Formula E Holdings and the Mahindra Group on the introduction of the team to the series.

In 2013, Karun became a member of the first ever FIA Driver’s Commission and continues to represent the rights and views of driver’s from across the world.

He also conducts two major charity events, the “Karun’s Karting Carnival” in the UK and the “KC500”, a 500 kilometre cycling event run in South India to raise funds for the education of underprivileged children in India through his family run Vishnu Devananda Charitable Trust.