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.

Read more: Sakon Yamamoto biography

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

  1. I wo’nt agree that senna is faster than chandhok.When you see the qualifying fight between them ie 6-3, you can leave three races one at bahrain,the season opener,the other two-canada && ——,where chandhok had engine failures.So it becomes 3-3.NOW COMPARE THEM!!!!!!!!????????

  2. dave said on 9th July 2010, 8:48

    it’s funny that the senna name seems to attracts less money than the yamamoto name…

  3. Spaljc said on 9th July 2010, 9:37

    I’m guessing but I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s actually Senna who’s walking away from this so called team, who’s car is a joke!

  4. Pabs said on 9th July 2010, 9:53

    We should never base driving talent by name, other wise I will change my surname to Senaa and apply to drive :p

  5. Jean Doublet said on 9th July 2010, 10:01

    Kolles was afraid Bruno would start filiming the race from his cockpit with a cell phone. He couldn’t take such a risk….

  6. Jean Doublet said on 9th July 2010, 10:03

    Kolles was afraid Bruno would start filming the race from his cockpit with his cell phone…

  7. sumedh said on 9th July 2010, 10:50

    Can’t believe Senna is unable to bring the money.

    Senna has the name, and Chandok has Bernie’s backing, the 2 drivers are both warm, jocular, decently talented AND they brought in the money too (or so I thought). The 2 drivers were the only good thing about the team. It is sad to see one of them leave.

    But one must question Senna’s manager. What *has* he been upto if not garnering funds for his driver?

  8. Fixy said on 9th July 2010, 11:15

    Let’s wait tomorrow to see if he’ll drive also in qualifying and race.

  9. PJA said on 9th July 2010, 13:00

    It’s a shame that Senna has been replaced by Yamamoto for the British GP, and at such short notice too.

    Given their financial situation I suppose it isn’t that surprising that the have gone for the driver with more backing, but still.

  10. spawinte said on 9th July 2010, 13:27

    It might be a case of both Senna and Chandoks money still not being enough so they have to give Yamamoto a few races to unlock the funds that he is bringing. So far Kolles has said that its only for the British GP and a decision will be made over the course of the weekend on what to do next.

  11. And said on 9th July 2010, 14:27

    Breaking News!!

    Senna has been dropped for the season,i have just herd it on bbc red button!!!!

  12. Cube said on 9th July 2010, 14:37

    It disgusts me that HRT have decided to replace Senna. A man who is racing for free because he is desperate to drive an F1 car with a guy who is going to be back at square 1. Senna has spend the last 9 races getting up to speed. Why do they think Yamamoto is just going to come along and be faster?

    This could damage Brunos career massively. He had to sit out last year, now he’s going to get bad press from this incident. (If they don’t bring him back)

    To replace him for the British Grand Prix is very unfair. He spends most of his time in the UK & has most of his fans here.

  13. Pablo said on 9th July 2010, 16:24

    On Bruno´s Twtitter

    “Cycled round new-look track with Karun yesterday. Changes look pretty good
    about 22 hours ago via web”

    Obviously Bruno have not an idea about the Kolles cheat. From now, HRT suc…. for me. This was a horrible choice. Bruno is no Ayrton but is a very very good driver. He show it in the past leagues

  14. Pablo said on 9th July 2010, 16:39

    MMMM remembering that something like this pass to Ayrton on Toleman on 1984….

  15. Pablo said on 9th July 2010, 16:40

    Deja vu?? Maybe the birth of a new legend?

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