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Yamamoto Retains Hispania Seat Despite Poor Results

Sakon Yamamoto has retained his race seat with Hispania for the Hungarian Grand Prix, despite poor performances across the weekend in both of his previous races.

The Japanese driver, who has previous race experience with Spyker and Super Aguri, was drafted in as a replacement for Bruno Senna at the British Grand Prix.  However last weekend Senna was back for the German Grand Prix, and popular Indian racer Karun Chandhok was dropped.

There has been a furor of speculation surrounding the appointment of Yamamoto, who was a second slower than Tonio Liuzzi in qualifying for the German Grand Prix – worth noting the Italian had smashed his car up only 3 laps in to qualifying too, with people suggesting the decision revolves entirely around money.

If the decision was on driver skill then the other test driver, one of the sports most overlooked men, Christian Klien should be racing.

“I can’t wait to go back to the Hungaroring as I know the circuit already very well from my Formula 1 races with Super Aguri, Spyker F1 and with ART in GP2 series,” said Yamamoto in a team preview.

The team say they are retaining Chandhok, but the chances of him racing again this season are looking slimmer by the day.


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