HRT is continuing its stance of being particularly vague about its driver line-up for this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix, with the team – supposedly in an attempt to clarify the confusion caused by its first press release that made no mention of any of its drivers – creating further confusion in confirming that it will announce the line-up “as soon as possible”.
In between this, team boss Colin Kolles was quoted as stating that the line-up will be Bruno Senna and Sakon Yamamoto, but would not be drawn on if the pair would actually contest the entire race weekend.
Another team spokesperson has told Auto Motor und Sport that the line-up will definitely be Senna and Yamamoto, with the Japanese returning to the cockpit after being replaced by Christian Klien, suffering what the team claimed was food poisoning.
As far as the sport’s governing body, the FIA, is concerned, it is expecting Sakon to be behind the wheel, having scheduled him to appear at Thursday’s FIA-arranged press conference in the Suzuka media centre.
Further clouding this are reports from Austria claiming that Klien is en route to Japan for this weekend’s activities.
Amidst all the confusion, BBC commentator Jonathan Legard – himself the subject of speculation that he could be dropped from the commentary team line-up – humorously tweeted: “No knowing if that means he’ll [Yamamoto] be in the car on Friday. Sushi food poisoning this time?”