Hispania Racing has confirmed that Christian Klien will again partner Bruno Senna for the final round of the F1 season this weekend in Abu Dhabi.
The Austrian made his debut for the team in Singapore in place of an unwell Sakon Yamamoto before being brought back into a race seat last weekend in Brazil.
Having outqualified Senna in both of his appearances to date, Klien will get a third chance to stake his claim for a 2011 race seat this weekend at Yas Marina and said he was hopeful of taking the fight to both Lotus and Virgin in the battle of the new teams.
“I'm looking forward the last race of 2010 in Abu Dhabi,” he said. “It's my third chance to compete for the team this season and I'm getting more and more used to the car and the crew. I hope we can achieve some great results and have a clean weekend.
“It will be my first time at this modern racetrack that combines very long straights with a technical slow part with not many runoff areas. There are basically two very different sections, so you need a good top speed for the long straights as well as some downforce and mechanical grip for the slow section. A further difficulty is the visibility, as the race starts at 5pm. We should have a similar pace to the one in Brazil, so I think we can be a challenge for the new teams.”
Team-mate Senna meanwhile has experience of the Yas Marina circuit having completed laps of the venue in an F1 two-seater and will aim to end the season on a high.
“I'm really excited for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix because it's one of the circuits I know and like even if I have never raced there before,” he said. “I did some laps with a two-seater F1 car and it is a good circuit with some demanding technical sections. There is a mix of slow camber corners and some interesting long straights that could allow overtaking.
“The car must be set up well for corner exits and slow corners. Following Interlagos, where we had a very competitive race, we expect to finish the season on a high here in Abu Dhabi, competing with the other new teams again.”