Despite generally having the measure of his stand-in team-mate at last weekend’s British Grand Prix, it is now Karun Chandhok’s turn to be sitting on the sidelines at the next round in Hockenheim, with Sakon Yamamoto making a second appearance for the Hispania Racing team.
The debutant Spanish team surprised many pundits by replacing Bruno Senna with the 28-year-old Japanese driver, who is known to have a long-standing relationship with team boss Colin Kolles – he drove for the Kolles-run Jordan and Spyker outfits previously – and some $5 million in sponsorship backing.
Yamamoto made his competitive F1 debut for Super Aguri in 2006 at the Hockenheim circuit, replacing Franck Montagny.
We originally suspected that Senna’s temporary ‘resting’ may have been due to disciplinary reasons, but it would now seem that sponsorship considerations might be taking precedence.
A statement released overnight by the team described Yamamoto’s performance in Silverstone as “very positive”, and used this justification to appoint him for another outing in the F110 cockpit.
It added that Chandhok “is still part of the team family and is likely to be in the car at some later races this season.”
Yamamoto added: “The last race weekend was very exciting for me. Now, the team has given me another chance to race on Sunday and I will do my best to prove that it was the right decision.”
Said team boss Collin Kolles: “After the solid result we could achieve in Silverstone, we want to go on like this and show a good performance again.”
Would it be reasonable to expect that the team’s other test driver, Christian Klien, might be afforded similar opportunities in the coming races.
[Original image via AUTOSPORT]