“Hispania Racing, HRT F1 Team is highly motivated to come back into action after the summer break. The Spanish team wants to cross the finishing line with its drivers Sakon Yamamoto and Bruno Senna for the sixth time of its debut season in Formula 1,” reads a statement from the Spanish team.
Yamamoto's first race with HRT F1 happened at Silverstone, when he replaced Bruno Senna throughout the weekend. The next race, he went on to replace HRT's other driver Karun Chandhok, and everyone believed the Spanish team will go for a rotational strategy for the remainder of the 2010 season, in order to collect more funds from all of its drivers' sponsors.
However, as it turned out, Chandhok's management ran out of funds for the second part of the season, and Yamamoto was right there to profit from it thanks to an alleged EUR5 million in sponsorship for Jose Ramon Carabante's team. It's yet unclear whether the Japanese driver, who has previously raced for Spyker F1 in the series, will replace Chandhok for good at HRT F1.
“I am looking forward to be back in action after the break. In 2007, I was already running in Spa-Francorchamps with Spyker F1. The track has a very famous corner, the ‘Eau Rouge’ and there are a lot of up and downs. The weather conditions are very unique and it may change very quickly. We will need a good speed in the fast corners and also a good downforce on the car. We expect that the track layout suits our car and we try to do our best again,” said Yamamoto about his next challenge, at Spa.