Sakon Yamamoto to replace Bruno Senna at HRT at Silverstone

Sakon Yamamoto, HRT, Istanbul, 2010

HRT reserve driver Sakon Yamamoto will take the place of Bruno Senna in both of tomorrow’s practice sessions for the British Grand Prix.

The team refused to confirm claims that Yamamoto will drive throughout the race weekend but other sources are reporting team principal Colin Kolles has stated Senna will not drive for the team at all at Silverstone.

Further details are expected tomorrow.

Yamamoto started 14 F1 races for Super Aguri and Spyker in 2006 and 2007. He last drove for HRT in the first practice session of the European Grand Prix two weeks ago.

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136 comments on Sakon Yamamoto to replace Bruno Senna at HRT at Silverstone

  1. djdaveyp said on 8th July 2010, 20:42

    HRT are rediculous.


    As it happens I think Bruno will get a better drive. Especially if somebody at another team screws up.

    All the word seems to be that he has been completely replaced, it completely angers me, he hasn’t done a bad job at all.

  2. Fred Schechter said on 8th July 2010, 20:52

    As great as it will be for Sakon to be in an F1 car, he’ll be in an HRT with limited testing for a short period of time prior to a full F1 race. Is he properly prepped?!
    Bummer for Senna, he was doing well. I think the only time Karun beat him was in tweeting (Karun, the best tweeter in the paddock by far).
    Ugh #PayDriveDebacle

  3. rob said on 8th July 2010, 21:04

    I dont really mind. Anyone is faster than Senna.

  4. HounslowBusGarage said on 8th July 2010, 21:15

    What is the likely performance of HRT at one of the fastest GP’s of the year?
    That bad, eh?
    In which case, this is the perfect event to ‘rest’ Senna and pick up a few dollars running Yamamoto.
    Might happen at Spa and Monza too.

  5. Tcliffe said on 8th July 2010, 21:22

    Remember MR E wants Karun in because of the new India race ! without an idian driver he can’t tap into that part of the world for money ! Shame about bruno i thought he was doing a solid job no?

  6. J-Flips said on 8th July 2010, 21:23

    I have a better idea: replace Chandhok with Yuji Ide, and then Ide and Yamamoto can win races by crashing into everyone in front of them. Familiar, eh?

  7. Scootin159 said on 8th July 2010, 21:26

    For HRT (who are borderline surviving), racing has to be about business to some extent right now. If HRT’s choices are survival, or running Senna, I’d go with Yamamoto as well. Senna won’t be without a job for long though, if he looses his HRT seat, he’ll likely have first dibs of any better seat which opens up in the silly season (Algursuari, Petrov, Trulli, etc.)

  8. Mike "the bike" Schumacher said on 8th July 2010, 21:29

    In Murray Walkers words ‘absoooolllluuuutellly Fannnntasssticccc?????…….. bloody disgrace!!!!’

  9. Ads21 (@ads21) said on 8th July 2010, 21:30

    Good job they have that new BBC GPS graphic. We’ll be able to easily count all the cars that get taken out by Yamamoto at turn 1 on the 1st lap

    • Hare (@hare) said on 9th July 2010, 5:02

      Less Yamamoto, more Ramamoto, is that what you’re suggesting? ;)

    • slr said on 9th July 2010, 9:15

      Yamamoto has never really crashed into anyone. You must have him confused with Ide. Yamamoto mostly just finished the races a couple of laps down.

      • Tom L. said on 9th July 2010, 10:18

        I must say I agree with you on this one, people are being very harsh on Yamamoto. He never struck me as someone who crashed often. In fact, the biggest accident I remember him having was the one with Fisichella, which wasn’t his fault!

  10. DaveW said on 8th July 2010, 22:24

    Hold on. How bad is Yamamoto? He did not set the world ablaze in lower classes but he is no Deletraz. He even won a race, once. Kobayashi was no great shakes in GP2 but now his poster is in everyone’s locker, practically. Chandok certainly did not dominate his GP2 seasons and he is rated on par with Bruno Senna. Frankly I don’t expect him to do much worse than Chandok.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 8th July 2010, 22:35

      Well, you might be righ about the last thing. The car is bad enough for it to not really matter who they put in, as it will be in the back anyhow.

      But Yamomoto did some far from impressive driving at Super aguri compared to his team mate (Sato, i think) and at Spyker, so it would be a real big suprise to see him having a inspired drive.

  11. Paul said on 8th July 2010, 22:38

    Erm, hang on. I’ve got £13.83 in my pocket. Judging by how quick the HRT is(not) that should buy my a race seat for the 2nd half of the season, if not stage a complete buy-out of the team!

    Move on Bruno, your association with this shower isn’t good for your career. You have the talent for much greater things with WAY better managed teams!

  12. BasCB (@bascb) said on 8th July 2010, 22:42

    Maybe on a more positive note, what if this driver change is only a stop gap thing before a new owner steps in, take over HRT immediately and bring in a new driver. It might not be coincidence ART pulled out now, they might have got a better opportunity. Or maybe some Hurley money involved in a deal?

    Lopez back with government support?
    Or maybe Jaques Villeneuve to have a high profile driver (not being fast will not even be noticable with that car)?

  13. Eastman said on 8th July 2010, 23:23

    If Senna is replaced at the midpoint in the season whatever might Codemasters do with the spot for their game to be released in September?

    • fordsrule said on 9th July 2010, 5:26

      Senna in, I dont want to be Yamamoto’s team mate in the first season of career mode :(

    • slr said on 9th July 2010, 9:17

      They’d probably have Senna in the game anyway. The other games just have the starting grid from the first race. Though it would be nice if they could update driver line ups.

  14. Icthyes said on 9th July 2010, 0:19

    Let the “Senna to Ferrari/Red Bull/Renault” rumours commence!

  15. James said on 9th July 2010, 0:29

    If this is the case for the whole GP weekend, I have to say I feel a little enraged. Chandok has finished more GPs than Senna, but Senna is a far quicker driver and has had worse luck than Chandok.

    What gets me is that why Yamomoto? Liuzzi is not only far quicker, but far better too.

    I really dont know how to react to this. I’m very aggrivated that Yamomoto is taking part in both practice sessions. Surely it would better if he took Senna’s in place in one sessoin and then Chandoks in the next? Argh. Very annoyed. Senna is the better driver overall – this is backed up by feeder series results.

    Sort it Kolles, you’re making a mistake.

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