Christian Klien was thrilled to be back racing in F1 again, after his return to the F1 grid was announced hours before the first practice session for the Singapore Grand Prix Christian Klien got underway. Klien replaces Sakon Yamamoto in the second Hispania Racing car for this weekend’s round.

The Austrian driver will return to the HRT cockpit after two Friday free practice appearances for the squad at the Circuit de Catalunya and Valencia rounds, and it marks the first time that he will race competitive in F1 since the 2006 Italian Grand Prix.

Christian Klien was clearly pleased to be making his racing return Despite finishing at the bottom of the timesheets in the second practice session on a circuit that he has never previously driven, he was upbeat after some laps at the wheel of the F110.

“I am happy to be back racing, which wasn’t easy at the beginning of the first session as I only did 40 laps in this car before,” he said. “But I felt more and more comfortable in the cockpit and could learn a lot and get more experience.

“I found a good pace on the prime tyres even if I lost some time on the options compared to [Bruno Senna]. I am looking forward to tomorrow and I hope to improve again.”

[Original images via AUTOSPORT and Sutton Images]

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.