Lotus Racing may be the favourite to secure tenth place in F1's constructors' championship this season, but that is not deterring the Hispania team, which is rumoured to be considering the return of Christian Klien in a bid to overhaul the Anglo-Malaysian operation.
With only ten of the sport's manufacturers guaranteed a share of the prize money under the terms of the Concorde Agreement, two of this year's newcomers - none of whom have scored a point in 17 races - will miss out, but HRT is determined to give one last shot at dethroning Lotus, which is sitting pretty thanks to Heikki Kovalainen's twelfth place in Japan earlier this month.
While HRT has been the slowest of the trio, it has, at times, enjoyed better reliability than its rivals, both of which have continually brought developments to their cars. Although its Dallara-built machine has not been updated once - not even for the significantly different requirements of Monaco - Colin Kolles' HRT squad is hopeful that slow-but-steady can win the race, and the prize money on offer, for tenth overall.
To that end, Austria's Kleine Zeitung
newspaper is reporting that reserve driver Christian Klien could be pressed back into action after out-performing Bruno Senna on a one-off appearance in Singapore. The 27-year old's return to the top flight was propelled by Sakon Yamamoto's apparent food poisoning in Singapore, but last just one race as the Japanese driver returned for his home round at Suzuka.
HRT has employed something of a revolving door policy with regard to its two seats this season, with Senna and Karun Chandhok starting the campaign, before Yamamoto stepped in for the Brazilian at Silverstone. Despite having brought Indian sponsorship to the team at the British round, Chandhok then found himself sidelined by Senna's return, and has yet to be given a second chance, as Klien got the nod in Singapore.
While the Austrian is less confident about being able to make a difference to HRT's fortunes in either Brazil or Abu Dhabi, he remains optimistic about his chances of finding a drive next season, suggesting that talent should trump financial input even in the smallest teams.
"There is [a pay driver] at Virgin and Renault, and possibly two at Hispania," he observed, "but, this year, there are also many highly-paid drivers who have not always met expectation, so the teams may think again. I definitely see myself in an F1 cockpit in March."