Klien still in running for HRT seat

Klien still in running for HRT seat

By Motorsport.com/GMM

Story Highlights

  • Klien hopes to return in 2011 with HRT
  • Hispania Racing has not named 2nd driver
  • Liuzzi and Mondini want the same F1 ride

Christian Klien insists he is still in the running to secure the last race seat on the 2011 grid.

After they tested recently with HRT, Vitantonio Liuzzi and Giorgio Mondini are considered the favourites for the cockpit.

Christian Klien, Hispania Racing F1 Team
Christian Klien, Hispania Racing F1 Team

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But Austrian Klien, who impressed on his few outings for the struggling Spanish team last year, revealed: "My manager Roman Rummenigge is in permanent contact with the (HRT) team's management."

He told his official website that he does not think Liuzzi and Mondini are better placed to secure the ride due to their recent test outings.

"All tests were done with the 2010 car, which I have raced on five weekends last season," said Klien.

He admitted the irony of once again facing off against Liuzzi, with whom he had to share a single Red Bull cockpit in 2005.

"But Tonio and I have remained good friends over the years," said Klien. "As usual we phoned after his HRT test.

All tests were done with the 2010 car.

Christian Klien

"No matter who gets the drive, it will not change our good and respectful relationship."

He said his 'plan B' is a third driver role elsewhere in F1.

"If neither works out you will certainly find me racing elsewhere," insisted Klien.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Vitantonio Liuzzi , Christian Klien , Giorgio Mondini
Tags christian klien, hispania racing, hrt