20 August 2010
HRT shun Chandhok again, stick with Yamamoto
Hispania Racing opt for Sakon Yamamoto and Bruno Senna for the F1 2010 Belgian Grand Prix, no return for Karun Chandhok.
Hispania Racing will continue with Sakon Yamamoto at the F1 2010 Belgian Grand Prix next weekend, leaving Karun Chandhok on the subs bench for the third race on the trot.
Yamamoto, who previously raced with little success for Super Aguri and Spyker back in 2006 and 2007, was given a second bite of the cherry back in July at the British Grand Prix, when team boss, Colin Kolles drafted in the Japanese driver at the last minute to replace Bruno Senna.
Since then though, he has taken Chandhok's seat, racing at Hockenheim and the Hungaroring, and now next weekend Spa-Francorchamps. It is not known if Yamamoto will see out the season or if Chandhok will return.
“I am looking forward to being back in action after the break,” Yamamoto said in the team's official pre-event release. “In 2007, I was already running in Spa-Francorchamps with Spyker F1. The track has a very famous corner, the 'Eau Rouge' and there are a lot of up and downs.
“The weather conditions are very unique and it may change very quickly. We will need a good speed in the fast corners and also a good downforce on the car. We expect that the track layout suits our car and we try to do our best again.”
Hispania team boss, Colin Kolles and Bruno Senna are also both fond of Spa: “I always look forward to Spa-Francorchamps and I've raced there every year since 2005,” Senna stated. “It is my favourite circuit of all the ones I've raced at and my first time there in a Formula 1 car will be very special for me.
“The track is very fast with lovely gradient changes and challenging high speed corners. It is one of those circuits where the more you push, the better the lap time will be. Spa is a medium downforce circuit and it demands a lot of high speed stability of the car, as the average speed of the corners is quite high.
“It will be very important to find a confidence-inspiring car balance to extract the best lap time possible. The downforce levels of the track are in line with what we have in our car and I have a good relationship with the circuit as well, so I am really looking forward to driving the car for the time.”
Kolles added: “Spa-Francorchamps is everything a fascinating track should be – fast, fearsome and full of atmosphere. The circuit has a lot of challenging high speed and downward corners and is a real test for the drivers – the wheat is separated from the chaff there.
“Finding the right car balance is one crucial factor, but it also is a difficult one. The weather in the Ardennes is unpredictable and it is possible for it to be raining in one part of the circuit whilst dry in another. Consequently, you have to be prepared for any conditions. After our positive result in Hungary, we are eager to show our best performance and we hope to finish the race with two cars again,” he concluded.
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