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Chandhok set for extended exodus

ESPNF1 Staff
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Karun Chandhok may not race again until Brazil © Sutton Images

Karun Chandhok may not return to racing duties with the HRT team until the end of October.

Chandhok, who made way for Sakon Yamamoto in Germany, will be missing his third successive grand prix this weekend with paddock sources suggesting that his sojourn may be prolonged throughout the forthcoming Monza, Singapore, Suzuka and Korean rounds. It would leave Chandhok to wait until Brazil and the Abu Dhabi finale for his next opportunity.

Meanwhile, Chandhok will continue commentary duties for the BBC as well as taking on PR duties for the team.

"The reasons [for missing races] seem fairly obvious but at the end of the day, the team has its reasons, financial or circumstantial," said Chandhok. "I think I will do two or three races before the end of the year but honestly, our focus has now shifted to 2011.

"Over the summer break, we spent time discussing future options and I'm quite optimistic. We're looking in good shape for 2011."