Chandhok set for debut

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ONE of Marussia Virgin Racing’s main rivals at the back of the grid have opted to alter their driver-line up for the German Grand Prix this weekend.

Team Lotus have dropped Jarno Trulli for the Nurburgring race and replaced the experienced Italian with Karun Chandhok.

It will be the first time Chandhok has been behind the wheel for Lotus but team principal Tony Fernandes insists the Indian driver’s promotion is a one-off event and that the strugglers still want to re-sign Trulli for next year.

“Ever since I first met Karun, I have been impressed with his whole demeanour - he is talented, passionate, committed and he brings great energy to the whole team,” said Fernandes.

Of Trulli’s future, Fernandes added: “He has been extremely accommodating in stepping to the side for this race and our commitment to him is unwavering.

“I am delighted to confirm we are in the process of negotiating an extension to his contract with us and we are all looking forward to unveiling the details of that very soon.”

Along with Virgin and Hispania, Lotus joined motor sport’s premier competition in 2010. None of the trio have scored a point.