Karun Chandhok is still hoping to be given the dream chance to race on home soil for Team Lotus at the Indian Grand Prix, as he awaits a final decision from his bosses.
With excitement building ahead of the inaugural event in Delhi, Chandhok is keeping his fingers crossed that team principal Tony Fernandes will allow him to delight his home crowd and compete in the race.
"I've just gotten to India and it's the question on top of many people's minds here especially in the media – my phone is just going crazy," Chandhok said. "I wish I had something new to say to the people here but, unfortunately, it's up to Tony and the team. Tony has said many times recently how personally he would love for me to do the race.
"In the last three Friday sessions I felt a lot more comfortable and confident in the car. It showed as the pace was much better, especially considering Suzuka and Korea were two new tracks for me."
Chandhok hopes that many of his fans who have bought tickets to the event to see him in action are not left disappointed if Team Lotus elects to stick with Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli.
"It's no secret that I would love to do the Indian race – to be on the grid for the first grand prix at home will be a huge honor," he said. "I know a lot of people have bought tickets and the Indian media seem excited about the prospect, but it's not up to me."