Klien takes Yamamoto’s place at HRT again

4 November 2010 by 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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74 responses to Klien takes Yamamoto’s place at HRT again

  1. Sav says:

    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)

    • Chris P says:

      Nope they can use upto 4 drivers in a season. I guess so long as they have an F1 super license and no penalties preventing them entering the race.

    • BasCB says:

      I suppose, their few Sponsors would very seriously object if Senna were not to drive in the Brazilian GP.

      • US_Peter says:

        Instead he’ll just be made to look ridiculously slow again by Klien.

        • PortuGoose says:

          HRT are probably using Klien as a desperate effort to snatch tenth place from Lotus and Virign because Yamamoto won’t deliver and the money for tenth place obviously is more than whatever Yamamoto is bringing in.

          • Mike says:

            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.

        • Sideshow Bob says:

          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. LucaBadoerFan says:

    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.

    • Todfod says:

      Im happy for Klein too. He deserves another shot after out qualifying Senna by more than a second.

      • LewisC says:


        Not quite true to say he hasn’t been racing in anger though; he’s had regular and succesful runs in sportscars.

    • Adam Tate says:

      That would be a much improved line up for the team. Though ultimately, the car is what will determine the rate of HRT’s progress next year.

  3. Red Andy says:

    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. macahan says:

    Was hoping to finally see Karun in the car again. But second option is Klein imo.
    Hopefully Karun gets to drive in Abu Dabhi at least.

  5. Alexi says:

    Good luck for Bruno Senna them… last place when racing at home should not feel so good.

  6. Scribe says:

    “Oh look Bruno, your career!”
    “Oh just going over that hill, wave!”

    If Klien does him again like Singapore, thats the end for the poor guy.

  7. dyslexicbunny says:

    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.

    • DeadManWoking says:

      LOL, agreed bunny; just like it doesn’t matter to me who the guy is that is driving the truck that sweeps my street!

      • Scribe says:

        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.

  8. Ned Flanders says:

    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

    • Scribe says:

      I don’t know that i rate Klien but he trashed Senna, so while his reputation wasn’t harmed by it it’s more what’s happened and might happen to Senna’s that I find relavant.

  9. DaveW says:

    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.

    • Griggs says:

      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?

  10. rankx11 says:

    “The German driver” … Austrian, not German.

  11. chris sz says:


    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.

    • Icthyes says:

      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?

    • Journeyer says:

      van der Garde? This doesn’t add up for me. As third driver, maybe. But right now, if anyone’s replacing di Grassi for 2011, it’s going to be Jerome d’Ambrosio.

  12. Christopher Vissing says:

    That’s what i’m talking about! Nice to hear! Give us Klien and Karun in Abu Dhabi..

    • RobertG says:

      yeah, best 2 drivers in HRT this season :)

      • Ned Flanders says:

        The idea that Karun Chandok outpaced Bruno Senna while they were teammates is the biggest myth of the season…

        • To be fair its hard to pick the drivers apart at this team due to their inexperience (the team that is) and their shocking reliabilty.

          But Bruno has comprehensivly beaten Karun before (GP2 comes to mind)

        • RobertG says:

          No its not. Karun showed better results, and was outqualified by Senna just when he got problems with car. He finished more often…

        • Icthyes says:

          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 ;)

  13. Fer no.65 says:

    What they should be asked about is why Karun got sacked…

    because they effectively sacked him…

  14. RobertG says:

    it would be funny if he would replace Bruno

  15. We have four drivers and the team decides at every GP which one is in each car.

    Lies. If that’s the case, poor Chandhok should have got a few more races.

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