Klien Will Replace Yamamoto in Singapore

Christian Klien will finally make his first official start in Formula One after more than 3 and a half years, as he was confirmed as race driver for Hispania Racing F1 Team for this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix. The Austrian driver will replace Japanese racer Sakon Yamamoto throughout the event this weekend, therefore partnering Bruno Senna for the Spanish squad.

The reason for this move is not because Yamamoto ran out of sponsorship money, but because he is suffering from food positioning and can't compete this weekend. The announcement was made by HRT F1's team principal Colin Kolles, who didn't say how long Yamamoto will take before being recuperated.

It looks as if Sakon Yamamoto has a food poisoning, and he doesn't feel well. Because of this, Christian Klien will be driving the car this Friday and the rest of the Singapore Grand Prix. I hope Sakon gets well soon and is able to drive at his home Grand Prix in Japan,” said Kolles, hinting that Yamamoto could stay out for the Japanese Grand Prix also.

Klien is now officially the 4th driver to start for Hispania Racing F1 Team this season, after Bruno Senna, Karun Chandhok and Sakon Yamamoto. The 27-year old driver spent the last 3 years test driving for Honda and BMW, before signing a reserve driver deal with HRT in 2010. His last contested race in the series took place at Monza, during the 2006 Italian Grand Prix.

Klien will take the wheel of his HRT car from as early as today, when the 2010 Singapore Grand Prix will kick off with the first practice session.
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