Hispania Racing HRT F1 Team has announced that Christian Klien will drive in the Singapore Grand Prix. The team says that Sakon Yamamoto is ill.
The 27 year old Austrian first drove in F1 in 2004 with Jaguar Racing. He stayed with the team when it was taken over by Red Bull, before being dropped at the end of 2006. He moved on to Honda Racing F1 in a test driver role in 2007 and then spent two years as test driver with BMW Sauber. This year he joined the Hispania Racing F1 Team but has not driven in a race since his Red Bull days.
The cynics suggest that Klien may have got the drive as a 12th place finish in a race of attrition would be enough to take HRT ahead of rivals teams Virgin and Lotus in the fight for 10th place in the championship. It might be a bit of a long shot, but a veteran is more likely to get the car home that an inexperienced rookie.
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Well, at least the HRT’s will be on the same part of the track at most stages of the race, this time.
Alas, poor Karun! I knew him, Christian, a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy. He hath flogged this preposterous Italian bone-waggon around the circuit a thousand times, and now how abhorr’d in my imagination it is! My gorge rises at it.
Karun Chandhok must have run over Colin Kolles’ cat or something, not to be back in the car…
Yeah, shame not to see Karun back. Nice adaptation though!
If I’m not wrong and if age is not playing tricks on me, we heard that “ill” thing already and perhaps even in S’pore… no?
It doesn’t matter much who is driving the car; it’s not going to beat Lotus or Virgin unless they both fall off/have mechanical issues. I sincerely hope Karun Chandhok, who seems to be a genuine good guy, gets a more worthwhile seat next year.