Former Jaguar and Red Bull racer Christian Klien is making a return to Formula 1, as the Hispania Racing team’s official test and reserve driver. He will make his maiden outing for the team at Friday’s practice session for this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix.
The 27-year-old Austrian raced for Jaguar and Red Bull between 2004-2006, finishing in the points on eight occasions with a best result of 5th at the 2005 Chinese Grand Prix.
Thereafter, he was a test driver for Honda, and most recently, the BMW Sauber team. Christian had hoped that the introduction of the three rookie teams to F1 would allow for a return to competitive racing, but he was left out in the cold when the season got underway.
However, Christian will give his side of the story in a few hours, in an exclusive interview with Richard’s F1! Hit the site in a few hours to read his thoughts – it is a great interview!
Upon the appointment to HRT, Klien said via an official statement: "This role offers me the opportunity to rejoin the Formula 1 environment and drive again, which is naturally where my longer-term ambitions lie.
"I was in Bahrain and China and had a close look at the car already. I have also met the team members and I know quite a number of them from my previous race seasons.
"I would like to thank Dr Colin Kolles for the interest he has shown in me at this stage. It is exciting and very motivating to be part of a new team structure in such a challenging sport."
dentist boss Colin Kolles is also pleased with the signing of his latest charge, having briefly run Klien in a test with Spyker in 2007.
"He is a young and fast driver," said Kolles. "I have been keeping a close eye on him since his first races in the ADAC series as I believe he has great potential.
"We look forward to having Christian alongside us in Barcelona later this week so he can spend some valuable familiarisation time with the team. As a young team we are looking for drivers who can grow with us."
HRT also signed former Super Aguri driver Sakon Yamamoto as its test driver.