Karun Chandok did not have an overwhelming career in the F1, but barely a few drivers do. Making it to the F1 is no small achievement and Chandok will always have that in his bag.
But since ending his motor racing career at the Formula E championship, Karun Chandok has been making waves at the reporting circles.
Chandok was considered a smart driver throughout his career and he has been showing his depth of knowledge at the Channel 4 coverage of F1 for the past few years.
This year however made his move to Sky F1, a move off field, similar to the one Charles Leclerc made on field, going from the good to the absolute frontrunner when it comes to F1 coverage.
However, when Sky launched its panel of experts through an advertisement people were quick to point out beloved journalist Ted Kravitz, who’s been with Sky since 2011.
‘Ted’s Notebook’ has been a fun and quirky show that has a fan base of its own and while Karun did a similar piece on Channel 4, people assumed his hiring and the mysteriously missing name of Ted Kravitz from the list meant Kravitz was done with Sky.
This led to a lot of hysterics from the fans and Karun Chandok bore the brunt of a lot of it on twitter as angry fans found Karun to blame for losing Kravitz.
Scott Young, the new boss at Sky F1 reportedly had a falling out with Kravitz and that may have been the reason for why the confirmation was delayed. It seems for a few weeks it might have been touch and go, but better sense prevailed and Kravitz was kept on. However Chandok still was the villain in the eyes of many, mistaken though it may have been.
However, Chandok has started to prove to the fans that he deserves to be a part of the Sky F1 crew with pinpoint analysis in simple forms such as this small point he noted today at Barcelona Testing, that earned him a lot of praise from fans.
Here’s a clear illustration of how downforce can help you! Big differences between the top cars and the midfield on the entry to T12. Bottas / Seb are able to open up the entry to T12 after exiting the T11 kink, Daniel / Kimi have to go straight to the apex of 12. #F12019 pic.twitter.com/BEB8mgrWic
— Karun Chandhok (@karunchandhok) March 1, 2019
Karun is doing a great job with info on testing. He’s doing the job skysports should be doing this week by himself. Hope he gets to do detailed pieces this year and hey don’t try and dumb things down. #developmentcorner
— Ccfc 87 (@CraigRichards07) March 1, 2019
Great analysis! Sort of thing average viewer would never think of looking for.
— Andrew Irvine (@irvine_andrew) March 1, 2019
This is great!
I would like to see this level of compare and contrast evaluation during practice, and other sessions when you know that the cars on are very similar levels of attack, both hot and race-sim. #SkyF1
— Monster_Hesh (@Monster_Hesh) March 1, 2019
Two racing lines interesting
— Billy Bamber (@billy_bamber_95) March 1, 2019
The downforce produced by Mercedes and Ferrari is much higher and allows the cars to take on wider racing lines that would be difficult for other cars as they would get massive oversteer without the amount of downforce these top cars have. Its a small piece of analysis but immediately points to the little things that a good analyst sees as compared to what a layman sees and we look forward to more good stuff from Chandok through this season and going forward.
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