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Updated: October 20, 2012 18:15 IST

No regrets of not being part of F1: Chandhok

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Karun Chandhok has no regrets of missing out Formula One action rather he is happy being part of FIA World Endurance Championship, which he says is an “eye opener” for him.

Chandhok, who test drove for then Team Lotus during the 2011 season, shifted to Endurance series after failing to earn a full-time F1 contract for 2012 calendar.

“I have no regrets because I did everything possible to make things happen in F1. When you feel you wasted an opportunity, then you feel disappointed. When you feel you made every use of the opportunity, you done the best you can, that’s all you can do. If you can’t get the sponsorship, if you can’t get the money you need...that’s life and you just need to get on with it,” Chandhok told PTI in an interview.

“Moving from F1 to Endurance has been a very interesting change. I think the mental shift has been very different because you have to remain focussed for a much longer period of time. You need to stay bit more relaxed, it’s not a sprint. It’s a long-drawn event and a new challenge. The cars are very good to drive. It’s been an eye opener for me,” Chandhok said.

However, it was clear that the Indian racer would have loved to be part of action when Formula One race is happening in his own country.

Narain Karthikeyan of Hispania Racing Team (HRT) will be the only Indian driver on the grid at the Buddh International Circuit.

“That’s life and what can you do? This is life; you just have to get on with it. I am going to be in Shanghai racing next weekend,” he said.

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