Christian Klien may return to the F1 cockpit this season Reports from Christian Klien’s homeland indicate the Austrian could make another race appearance for Hispania Racing before the season comes to an end.

At least that’s the claim of Kleine Zeitung, which recalled the 27-year-old’s impressive one-off appearance for the tailender outfit at the Singapore Grand Prix when Sakon Yamamoto was struck down with an apparent bout of food poisoning sponsor non-payment.

The newspaper claims that the team is considering giving Klien – who is the team’s official reserve driver – another opportunity at either Brazil or Abu Dhabi, as part of a last-ditch effort to overtake Lotus for tenth in the Constructors’ Championship standings.

Of the three rookie squads – Lotus, Virgin Racing and HRT – none has scored a point, although Lotus has consistently been the pace-setter.

The Malaysian-owned squad currently sits tenth in the Constructors’ Championship standings by dint of Heikki Kovalainen’s 12th place earned in Japan. If any of the three squads can achieve an eleventh place (or better), then tenth place in the standings will be all but assured, along with the hefty TV revenue slice the result will earn them under the terms of the Concorde Agreement.

Klien has gone on the record to claim that pay drivers do not necessarily offer teams the best value for teams that rely on a slice of the Formula One Management money.

“There is one at Virgin and Renault, and possibly two at Hispania,” he said. “In March next year, I definitely see myself in a Formula One cockpit.”

Klien also acknowledged that a surprise result for HRT would be next to impossible, given the limited development the Dallara-designed F110 has undergone since the start of the season.

“We are the only team that, since the season opener in Bahrain, has not aerodynamically improved its car,”

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Richard Bailey

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