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Williams F1 team name Chandhok as its heritage driver

June 20, 2016 15:29 IST

Karun ChandhokWilliams on Monday appointed Karun Chandhok as its 'heritage driver', a role that will see him behind the wheels of the team's historic Formula One cars for testing and exhibition purpose.

In his new role, the former F1 driver from India will focus on the testing and public demonstration of Williams' cars of yesteryears.

Chandhok will make his first appearance as a heritage driver at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed where he will drive up the iconic Goodwood Hill behind the wheel of an FW08C from 1983 and an FW13B from 1990.

Williams Heritage was created to manage the team's collection of historic Formula 1 cars, dating from Williams' first season in Formula One in 1977 to the most recently retired models.

As part of his new role, the Indian will also act as a driver coach to customers who have purchased a running car and use Williams Heritage to run and maintain it.

Speaking about his appointment, Chandhok said; "Williams is such an iconic British team, steeped in racing history so it is a real honour to be involved in its Heritage programme.

"So many of the Williams Heritage cars are pieces of racing history with great stories to tell, so to be offered the chance to get up close and personal and drive them -- sometimes being the first person to do so in decades -- is an incredible opportunity. I look forward to not only demonstrating the cars from time to time, but working with other Williams car owners to help them fully enjoy their experience of driving these pieces of F1 history."

IMAGE: Karun Chandhok of Team Lotus attends the drivers portrait session during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne, on March 24, 2011.

Photograph: Ker Robertson/Getty Images

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