F1 »

HRT driver merry-go-round continues – as Klien replaces Yamamoto

Not for the first time on the eve of a grand prix this season, F1 2010 newcomer Hispania Racing has announced an eleventh-hour driver change - with Christian Klien rejoining the grid in Singapore to replace an 'unwell' Sakon Yamamoto
Hispania Racing (HRT) – the team to have run the greatest number of different drivers over the course of the F1 2010 World Championship campaign – has made its latest change of the season on the eve of this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix, by announcing that Christian Klien is to step in to replace an unwell Sakon Yamamoto.

The revolving driver door at struggling newcomer HRT has been one of the talking-points of F1 2010 to-date, with former iSport International GP2 Series team-mates Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok beginning the season for the Spanish outfit, before the Brazilian found himself replaced by Yamamoto – again, right at the eleventh hour and in unexplained circumstances – for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, only to return for the following German Grand Prix at Hockenheim a fortnight later, easing the Indian out of a race seat as Yamamoto stayed put.

With the Japanese ace understood to be able to lay his hands on considerably more sponsorship cash than the man from Chennai – who has since found gainful alternative employment as a popular addition to the BBC Radio Five Live F1 punditry box – it was assumed that he would remain in the cockpit for the balance of the campaign. Not so, it seems.

“It looks as if Sakon Yamamoto has food poisoning,” revealed team principal Dr. Colin Kolles, who only a matter of weeks ago brusquely dismissed suggestions that there would be further driver changes ahead. “He doesn't feel well. Because of this, Christian Klien will be driving the car this Friday and for the rest of the Singapore Grand Prix [weekend]. I hope Sakon gets well soon, and is able to drive at his home grand prix in Japan.”

The hapless Yamamoto's re-appearance, however, must surely be in some doubt, with many likely to give little credence to the 'food poisoning' line – just like Timo Glock's alleged back and leg injury at Suzuka last year was largely rubbished, enabling as it did home hero Kamui Kobayashi to conveniently step into the breach.

One school of thought is that it has belatedly dawned on Kolles that Hispania would likely be better-served financially by putting all of its efforts into trying to snare tenth spot in the constructors' rankings come season's end – and the greater share of prize money that accordingly accompanies it compared to the eleventh position it occupies at present – than by continuing to benefit from Yamamoto's generous backers.

In order to achieve that goal, the team needs at least one twelfth-place finish or higher over the last five grands prix – and it is assuredly former Red Bull star and BMW-Sauber test driver Klien that offers them the best chance of doing that. The 27-year-old Austrian has already participated in the Friday morning practice sessions in Barcelona and Valencia earlier this year.




Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Saturday Practice, Colin Kolles (GER), HRT F1 Team, Team Principal
Colin Kolles, Team Principal, Hispania Racing F1 Team
Friday Practice 2, Sakon Yamamoto (JPN), Hispania Racing F1 Team (HRT), F110
Sakon Yamamoto (JPN), Hispania Racing F1 Team (HRT), F110
Christian Klien (AUT), test driver, Hispania Racing F1 Team
Christian Klien (AUT), test driver, Hispania Racing F1 Team
Friday Practice 1, Christian Klien (AUT), Test Driver, BMW Sauber F1 Team
27.07.2014- Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
27.07.2014- Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
27.07.2014- Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
27.07.2014- Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
27.07.2014- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
27.07.2014- Race, Crash, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
27.07.2014- Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36
27.07.2014- Race, Crash, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07 and Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
27.07.2014- Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
27.07.2014- Race, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
27.07.2014- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T leads Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


JDPower - Unregistered

September 25, 2010 3:52 AM

I really hope Chandhok has a drive lined up for next year. To have Yamamoto out and to be ignored for the seat back in YOUR CAR is just totally disrespectful and certainly does nothing for the reputation of HRT

Green Monster - Unregistered

September 24, 2010 3:29 PM

Really lookin foward to seeing Christian back out on track and racing, the couple of FP1's he's featured in this season weren't enough! Must be tough being in HRT driver positon-4 contracted driver to share 2 cars? Not a great idea but Kolles is no mug



© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.