Karun Chandhok has tersely insisted he is “not worried” about the future of the struggling HRT team.
Recent reports quoted Bernie Ecclestone as suggesting the new Spanish outfit was in financial trouble, amid reports it will run out of spare parts by next month’s Canadian grand prix.
In fact, team officials insist the F1 chief executive is simply helping Hispania with its technical plans for 2011, including the use of a wind tunnel and facilities to design its own car.
Asked about the negative rumours by the Times of India, Chandhok said this week: “That’s a matter between Bernie, Colin (Kolles) and (Jose Ramon) Carabantes.
“It has nothing to do with me,” added the 26-year-old Indian rookie. “I know what the truth is and I am not worried.”
Although friends with his teammate Bruno Senna, Chandhok insists he has been the quickest HRT driver in 2010 but is keen for a car upgrade in order to ensure he has a seat next year.
“I’ve generally been faster than Bruno,” he said, adding that the Cosworth powered F110 “really needs” a new aerodynamic package.
“But as of now, my objective is to keep pushing as much as I can and secure a good position for 2011. The rest isn’t up to me,” added Chandhok.