Ace driver Karun Chandhok says he is in discussion with a number of F1 teams and can count at least “three realistic chances” of racing in next year’s Formula One championship.

The Chennai youngster said he has his fingers crossed as the drivers’ market churns for the next season and is confident of racing in F1 next year.

“My father, our sponsors, advisors and I have been quite busy at following the driver market in F1 and making sure we’re talking to the right people but it’s a very complicated time in F1 with a lot of unknowns,” Chandhok said.

“We’ve met with all the new teams and some of the existing ones to explore options for 2010. At the moment, I would say there are still three very realistic possibilities to race in Formula 1 next year but I don’t think anything will be public for a few more weeks,” he said.

“Of the 26 pieces in the F1 driver puzzle there are only maybe 10 that are in place so there’s still a lot up in the air and I am still optimistic that something will work out,” added the 25-year-old.

Force India Chairman Vijay Mallya has offered Chandhok a chance to prove himself in the McLaren simulator but the driver insisted nothing was confirmed yet.

“At the moment all that has been written is purely speculation and nothing has been confirmed,” he said.

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