Christian Klien, HRT, Singapore, 2010

Klien takes Yamamoto’s place at HRT again

Brazilian Grand PrixPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Christian Klien, HRT, Singapore, 2010
Christian Klien, HRT, Singapore, 2010

Christian Klien will make his second race start of 2010 for HRT.

He replaced Sakon Yamamoto at the team for the second time this year having also replaced the Japanese driver at Singapore.

On that occasion the team said Yamamoto was suffering from food poisoning. After missing Singapore, Yamamoto returned to drive at his home race two weeks ago.

Asked why the drivers had been changed again a HRT spokesperson said:

We have four drivers and the team decides at every GP which one is in each car. This time, the team has decides to give another opportunity to Christian.

Karun Chandhok has also driven for HRT this year, but hasn’t been in the car since the British Grand Prix.

Klien said:

I am very happy to get a second opportunity to do another Grand Prix here after Singapore and I hope that we are doing a good weekend with positive results.
Christian Klien

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

  1. Glad it’s not Senna. Would have been really cruel to take his home race away from him. Still, is there no rule preventing teams from doing this without a good reason as it’s getting annoying now? (money is not a good reason)

          1. I agree, Brazil is usually an event filled race, and with the possibility of rain, they just might have a chance at a good finish if they are really lucky.

        1. So one hot qualifying in Singapore makes you think Klien is somehow a great driver? I’m thinking fluke more than anything else. If he were so great I think he would have a seat…

  2. yes! i’m very happy about this. after klien’s strong performance at singapore (compared to senna, given that he’d been away from driving in anger since 2006).

    i’d really like klien to get a race seat for next year. possibly along de la rosa at hrt.

  3. My guess is that HRT will be hoping for a crazy attritional race, and guessing that Klien is more likely to keep it on the island than Sakon. That way Klien can quietly circulate and pick up an eleventh place, which would give them that coveted P10 in the constructors’ championship.

    It’s a long shot but worth a go. Though Klien’s not much use either IMO.

  4. My first thought: Does it really matter who drives?

    Congrats to Klein. I really think Yamamoto is the weakest of their 4. I’m also glad for Senna that they didn’t pull him. And poor Karun. I really hope he’ll get a drive next year.

      1. You see where it says fanatic? unfortunatley it matters. Wouldn’t have it any other way.

        TBH right now it doesn’t matter, but the offseason is just around the corner, an you wouldn’t belive what you’ll pay attention to at that point.

        1. Well I’m still interested in who drives but I don’t think anyone could have a decent drive in it. I hope they blow everyone’s socks off with massive improvements but we’ll just have to see.

          I got no problems with the offseason. NCAA hoops starts in the States.

  5. I don’t really rate Klien that highly- if he was anything special he ought to have beaten David Coulthatd while the two were teammates at Red Bull.

    But his reputation went up a notch after his impressive drive at Singapore, so if he can repeat that perfomance at Interlagos then he could be putting himself in the shop window for 2011

  6. Basically, they are running out of chances to pull a coup on Lotus, so they are trying something new. Senna is rubbish but they can’t take him out for Brazil. It’s good Senna keeps his seat for the home race but not so nice for him that he will get dusted by his teammate. After all, Yamamoto crushed him in qualifying in Korea and I expect he will be further embarassed by Klien.

    1. Yes, because it’s the worst thing in the world when a rookie gets beaten by an experienced team-mate?

      Come on DaveW, why do you have to be so negative in every post you make?

  7. keith,

    according to this dutch news site, dutchman Giedo van der Garde is signing this weekend in interlagos a contract with virgin racing for next year.he is replacing di grassi.

    they say its almost sure according to a belgian newspaper…

    my french is not so good so i can’t understand what they are saying here.

    1. The second one is hilarious if you translate it with Google.

      From dream to reality. This boy did not look in front of holes at various levels and a crazy tendency to paint the rosy future, the exaltation of management have their limits

      Why he would succeed where a Baguette much more regular bleeding and was not selected?

        1. Depends on how far you’re spinning it. Karun slightly edges Bruno in the situations where you can directly compare them (i.e. when neither retires and their qualifying).

          Considering their supposed respective talents though (Senna beat Chandhok on GP2), to even be close to Chandhok is an embarrassment for Senna. Unless someone wants to claim Karun is a mini-Kobayashi ;)

        2. @Ned Flanders


          if you are saying “myth of the season” then naturally gp2 doesn’t count…

          karun has outperformed senna in many races(to be precise 6-1)

          when retirements excluded its 2-1…

          in at least 2 races (MONACO,turkey)senna’s position from which he retired was lower than karun’s.

    1. Almost agree with you Ned… he delivered some very professional and tidy races, it’s not that all pay drivers are without talent. He’s got it.

      Sad though, like so many talented drivers he’s never grab a top seat and prove his worth. Worth is measured in thousands of seconds… top seats are measured in just a tick above that.

    1. But is it?

      We don’t say things like that about di Grassi and Petrov. It’s not uncommon for rookie drivers to be beaten by the experienced team-mates.

      Granted it would do Senna a big favour beating Klien, but Senna is a rookie who still deserves his shot at F1 (he came 2nd in the GP2 championship of 2008 after all – finishing ahead of di Grassi, Petrov, Kobayashi, Chandhok, Grosjean, and Buemi).

      1. If Schumacher takes three years out, comes back and is beaten by his team-mate, it says a lot about taking time out from F1. So what does it say when Senna is beaten comprehensively by a guy who’s taken three years out of F1?

        The guy is little more than a journeyman-in-waiting with a famous name until he puts in some performances. Even Anthony Davidson impressed more in a bad car.

        1. That’s cause Anthony Davidson, despite rotten luck, is a very quick driver. Did you see him hustling that 908 diesel at Le Mans this year? It was epic, till of course, the car broke, because Anthony Davidson has rotten luck.

  8. HRT really don’t seem to know what they want in their team. I fear for their future and I hope Senna and Chandhok get a drive next year… in better teams.

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