Karun Chandhok is edging closer a deal to become Team Lotus reserve driver this year, after being invited by the outfit to visit testing in Valencia on Wednesday. The Indian has made no secret of the fact that he would like a role with Team Lotus and, although no deal has been agreed, he is involved in ongoing negotiations.
"At the moment, I am still in discussions. Nothing is confirmed yet, and I have come here to see how the team works and to have a catch up with Tony Fernandes and Mike Gascoyne," said Chandhok. "Of course, it would be nice to have a continued role in F1, but there is nothing finalized yet."
Team Lotus owner Tony Fernandes said that there was a definite interest in Chandhok, but made it clear he was in no rush to appoint a firm reserve driver.
"Karun is here as a guest," he told AUTOSPORT. "Again I am not somebody who is going to rush into things. We want a reserve driver who is going to be good for us, and Karun is definitely on the list. For me, I want it to be a team effort, and I want the team to feel comfortable.
"I want everyone to feel good about it, and I think the reserve driver has to contribute. Today is for him to see what the team is like. I think he likes us a lot, and he would! I want the team to also gel with him. He is a good lad, he can add a lot of value to the team. I would like Karun to be involved with us in some way shape or form."