Despite there being just three months and only seven races to run until the end of the 2010 F1 season, HRT test driver Christian Klien has not ruled out making a racing appearance (or two) for the team before the season is out.
HRT has endured a well-documented difficult baptism in its first F1 season, where it has struggled for competitiveness and rested both of its originally-signed drivers, Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok, for the better-funded Sakon Yamamoto.
The team is yet to confirm otherwise, but it would seem that Yamamoto’s guest role might be a more permanent arrangement until the end of the season, and with Senna’s contract seemingly guaranteeing him a seat until the end of the year as well, this would leave Chandok out in the cold.
But Klien, the team’s other test driver, remains hopeful that an opportunity may arise for him to strut his stuff.
Speaking with Austrian daily Kurier, the 27-year-old said: “All four drivers in HRT are equally placed. It depends entirely on the team.
“"I will try to be in the car as much as possible to accumulate experience,” he added.
Klien – who has appeared in Friday practice for the team at the Catalunya and Valencia events this season – remains hopeful of achieving a full-time berth in 2011.
“I get along very well with the team’s people and also the boss [Colin Kolles],” before adding: “I am also speaking with other [F1] teams.”
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