March 7, 2011
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Christian Klien is still hopeful of a 2011 drive
As it has been for some time, there is only one seat left to be filled for the 2011 season – the second driver role at Hispania. Christian Klien has revealed that he is still in talks to take the final race seat.
Klien, who drove for 5 races for HRT last year, impressed the team by out-qualifying Bruno Senna on multiple occasions. However, he has recently been on the back foot, as both Vitantonio Liuzzi and Giorgio Mondini have been testing in last year’s F110.
Despite this, Christian remains confident of racing in F1 this year. In an interview published on his own site, he stated:
"My manager Roman Rummenigge is in permanent contact with the team's management.
Needless to say I would love to drive for HRT. I am convinced the team will make
good progress and surprise a few people. In Geoff Willis and chief designer Paul
White they have engineers who know very well how to build competitive racing cars.
I would love to develop it further. And they are masters of efficiency like no
other team on the grid."
Even if Klien gets the drive, he and the team will be faced with the huge challenge of developing a car, three weeks before the start of the F1 season, that hasn’t turned a wheel yet. Despite this, he remains hopeful that Hispania can become more competitive than last year:
"Each day matters. But if you look back how this team rose from the ashes of another
operation at the beginning of 2010, you will have no doubt HRT will make the most of
its limited resources in 2011. They have a solid and analytical way of facing
The rest of the interview is available on Christian’s website.
March 1, 2011
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Timo Glock will miss testing after surgery yesterday
Timo Glock is set to miss the rest of pre-season testing, after undergoing surgery for appendicitis yesterday.
There shouldn’t be any worries though – the Virgin team have stated that his absence is only precautionary, and he is well on course to racing at the season opener in Melbourne later this month.
Second driver Jerome D’Ambrosio will take Glock’s place for the rest of testing, which resumes on March 8th.
The team’s principal, John Booth, has stated:
“I can confirm that Timo had an operation yesterday to remove his appendix after a
sudden case of appendicitis. The procedure was routine and Timo is recovering well
in a Swiss hospital where he is likely to remain for a further 24 hours.
“To ensure a swift recovery, it is unlikely that he will take part in next week’s
test in Barcelona and that Jerome will run on all four days instead, however, we
will make a final decision early next week. We look forward to having Timo back
with us very soon.”