• HRT news

Yamamoto replaced by Klien in Singapore

ESPNF1 Staff
September 24, 2010 « Heidfeld confident he will stay in F1 next year | »
Christian Klien has taken part in practice at the Spanish and European Grands Prix this year © Sutton Images
Related Links

Sakon Yamamoto will be replaced by Christian Klien at this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix, after falling ill with suspected food poisoning.

The Japanese driver, who replaced team regular Karun Chandhok earlier this season, will sit out of the whole weekend from Friday practice to Sunday's race. Klien, a former Honda and BMW test driver, is the team's reserve driver, with almost 50 grands prix of experience with Jaguar and Red Bull.

Despite saying he thinks Yamamoto has food poisoning, team boss Colin Kolles said he cannot guarantee the 28-year-old will be recovered in time for his home race in Japan in two weeks.

"It looks as if Sakon Yamamoto has a food poisoning, and he doesn't feel well," he said. "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."