- Brazilian Grand Prix
Klien replaces Yamamoto for Brazil
Christian Klien will replace Sakon Yamamoto as an HRT race driver at the Brazilian Grand Prix this weekend.
Klien was drafted in at the Singapore Grand Prix after the team said Yamamoto had come down with food poisoning and put in a respectable performance before his car broke down. Yamamoto, whose sponsors were reportedly paying $450,000 a race, returned for both the Japanese and Korean Grands Prix but finished behind Bruno Senna, who will hold onto his drive for his home race.
"I am excited to come to Brazil where I already raced two times, the last time in 2005, and where I could achieve good results," Klien said. "The circuit is quite challenging and we are racing anti-clockwise which is going to be tough for the neck. There are many slow corners and the long straight at the start-finish-line where high speeds are possible. 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."
Team boss Colin Kolles added: "For both drivers, it is going to be an interesting race as Bruno Senna is racing for the first time in front of the Brazilian crowd and for Christian Klien, as he gets another chance after Singapore to race again. We are hoping to have a good race weekend again."
Senna said he was hoping to have one of his best results of the season in Brazil.
"I'm really looking forward to the Brazilian GP and it is going to be my first time competing at home. I haven't driven with a proper race car in Interlagos, but I know the circuit by heart and it's very challenging. Interlagos has mostly medium to low speed corners and is anti-clockwise, apart from being bumpy in places. So, the car needs to be suited to the bumps and long radius corners of the circuit. It's going to be a special race weekend for me and I hope to achieve my best result of the season! I hope the crowd will give away great energy and support to me and the Brazilian drivers."
The team has not made clear which of its drivers will race at the season finale in Abu Dhabi.