Klien eyes F1 return with new manager

Christian Klien has begun working with a new manager. The former Formula One driver is Peugeot's Le Mans reserve this year, after a career spanning 48 Grands Prix and recent stints as test driver with departed Honda and BMW. Austrian Klien,...

Christian Klien has begun working with a new manager.

The former Formula One driver is Peugeot's Le Mans reserve this year, after a career spanning 48 Grands Prix and recent stints as test driver with departed Honda and BMW.

Austrian Klien, 27, wanted to return to the grid in 2010, and was previously managed by his father Johannes.

"Already last year it became obvious that talent and speed are by far not a guarantee for a permanent race seat in the current economic climate," said the former Red Bull and Jaguar racer.

It is believed Klien was in the running for the HRT 'Friday' driver role that instead has been secured by Sakon Yamamoto.

"On two occasions I missed out on a contract literally last minute because other drivers had a more attractive sponsor package to offer," said Klien.

He did not confirm reports that he was among the drivers considered by hopeful Serbian team Stefan GP.

"In Formula One you normally do not talk about unlaid eggs. It may always weaken somebody's position in ongoing negotiations," insisted Klien.

"I would like to ask for everybody's understanding that I refuse to comment on anything the rumour mill spits out. As a matter of fact we are in talks with several teams on a regular basis," he added.

Klien's new manager is German 28-year-old Roman Rummenigge, of the Rummenigge Sport Marketing company.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Christian Klien , Sakon Yamamoto