Klien takes Yamamoto’s place at HRT

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

Christian Klien, HRT, Valencia, 2010

Christian Klien will return to F1 action this weekend in place of Sakon Yamamoto at HRT.

Team principal Colin Kolles explained the reason for the 11th-hour change:

It looks as if Sakon Yamamoto has a food poisoning, and he doesn’t feel well. Because of this, Christian Klien will be driving the car this Friday and the rest of the Singapore Grand Prix. I hope Sakon gets well soon and is able to drive at his home Grand Prix in Japan.
Colin Kolles

However it may be significant that the team chose to put Klien, their other reserve driver, in the car instead of Karun Chandhok, who has started ten races for them this year.

Klien previously drove for the team in first practice for the Spanish and European Grands Prix. He will be the fourth driver to start a race for the team this year along with Yamamoto, Chandhok and Bruno Senna.

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43 comments on “Klien takes Yamamoto’s place at HRT”

          1. Senna outqualified him consistently, but Chandhok outraced Senna on more than one occasion, and was leading the theoretical “new teams drivers championship” when he was sidelined.

  1. Hurrah, about time he was given a chance, the only drive in the team with F1 experience is the last to have a go.

    I don’t understand why that team operates the way it does but I hope it doesn’t go on next year (if they are still there that is!).

  2. I feel sorry for Chandok, because I really like him….. But I think Klien will show that the HRT is slightly faster than we all thought… And it’s about time they used him!

    1. Very interesting indeed. The way that team operates is very peculiar. Maybe Epsilon or Villeneuve will take over for next year and there won’t be so many antics.

      Also, Will Buxton had the best tweet on the matter:

      An HRT press release is being handed out. What’s it going to be? Another new driver? Team been sold to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?

  3. I think it’s definitely not a premeditated change though. The sidepods of Klein’s car were bare for FP1 – they only added “Christian” on the side in time for FP2.

  4. That is the best driving change occurred this year. I liked it they they replaced him, not sure why Karun who was in Singapore & still HRT paid driver wasn’t given a chance as he have more experience with the car then Kilen.

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