As predicted, Hispania Racing has announced that Christian Klien will be given another opportunity in its F110 car before the end of the season, with the Austrian replacing Sakon Yamamoto for this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix.
The former Red Bull driver replaced Yamamoto at the Singapore Grand Prix amidst claims of a bout of
sponsorship non-payment food poisoning for the Japanese driver, and HRT is yet to provide an explanation for the driver switch.
Two factors can be reasonably assumed. One could again surmise that Klien has found more backing from his absinthe sponsors to outbid Yamamoto, and the second explanation carries far greater financial implications.
The three rookie outfits – Lotus, Virgin Racing and HRT – have not managed to score a championship point between them and, as such, are in with a shout of snatching the all-important tenth place in the Constructors’ Championship standings.
Team who finish in the top-ten of the standings get their international freight costs covered for all flyaway races and earn a significant slice of the TV revenue fund under the terms of the Concorde Agreement, the commercial agreement governing revenue distribution under which all teams are bound.
Lotus currently holds down tenth place by dint of the highest finishing position of any of the three teams. Heikki Kovalainen’s 12th-placed finish is better than the brace of 14th-placed finishes managed by HRT and Virgin, with the former placed ahead of the latter by virtue of having achieved more 14th-placed finishes than Virgin.
It could reasonably be assumed that, having summarily out-paced Bruno Senna to the tune of over a second a lap in qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix, that Klien presents the team with its most likely prospect for a good result this weekend.
It had previously been predicted that the 27-year-old would get another crack in the HRT before the season was out, and Klien is certainly thrilled at the opportunity of being able to impress the paddock once again.
“I am very happy to get a second opportunity to do another grand prix here after Singapore and I hope that we are doing a good weekend with positive results,” he said.
Read our exclusive interview with Christian Klien here.
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