Hispania Racing’s Japanese Grand Prix pre-event press release caused a bit of a stir HRT is being vague on its driver line-up for the Japanese GP by not revealing the identity of its driver line-up for this weekend’s race at Suzuka.

The team used its fourth different driver pairing of the 2010 season at the last round in Singapore, installing Christian Klien in place of Sakon Yamamoto – who had himself replaced Karun Chandhok mid-season – who was suffering from sponsor non-payment a bout of food poisoning, so the team claimed.

Klien’s first competitive showing in a Formula 1 car for four years was viewed very positively, comfortably outqualifying and out-pacing team regular Bruno Senna around the Marina Bay circuit, although the Austrian admitted that his appearance in the HRT cockpit was a “one-off”.

Senna had himself been sidelined for the British Grand Prix earlier this season, and the lack of detail regarding the squad’s driver line-up would suggest that whichever driver arrives with the fattest wallet will be given the nod by the financially struggling outfit.

“The Spanish team is eager to keep on improving and showing another positive performance,” the statement – attributed to team boss Colin Kolles – reads.

“After our unfortunate race in Singapore, we look ahead and want to bring both cars to the finish line again,” he said.

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