Force India to evaluate Chandhok, Jani

Force India teams boss Vijay Mallya says he will evaluate Karun Chandhok and Neel Jani in McLaren's F1 simulator next week

Force India to evaluate Chandhok, Jani

"Karun is like a son to me. I have known him from when he was a little boy in shorts. If I can give him a chance, I'd be delighted," Mallya told Reuters.

"But he has to prove that he is also capable. So I've told him I'll put him in the McLaren driver simulator and let me see what you do. And based on that we'll talk further."

Indian Chandhok, 25, is currently in 18th position in the GP2 championship, but Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone said last week that he deserved a chance in grand prix racing with Force India.

Mallya said A1GP champion Jani would also get to try the simulator.

"He and his dad have been after me for the last one and a half years and he came to see me again," Mallya said. "The guy is saying give me a chance. I can't deny him a chance in the simulator so yes, he will also go in."

The Indian team boss also suggested Adrian Sutil and Vitantonio Liuzzi are likely stay at Force India next year.

"They are loyal and hard working. They are with the team and part of the team, they are doing their best. Unless I have some compelling reason to change, I ask myself why should I change?

"As of now I am very happy with what I have and the only role open is a test driver role and we'll see where we go from there."

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