Bruno Senna will be back in the HRT at German GP, but Sakon Yamamoto will be in the other car as Karun Chandhok has been asked to step down.
While Senna’s absence at Silverstone is believed to be the result of a form of disciplinary action by team boss Colin Kolles, Chandhok’s absence can only be explained by financial necessity. It’s thought that his deal is contingent on sponsorship, whereas Senna’s is not.
Yamamoto finished right behind Chandhok at Silverstone, although the Indian driver had suffered bodywork damage early on.
An HRT statement said: “After Sakon Yamamoto gave a very positive performance in Silverstone, the team has decided to give the Japanese driver another opportunity to drive the car alongside Bruno Senna. Karun Chandhok is still part of the Hispania Racing, HRT F1 Team family and is likely to be in the car at some later races this season.”
There was no further comment from Kolles on the driver situation.
Yamamoto said: “I have a lot of good memories of the circuit in Hockenheim. I like the track layout with the passing point at the end of the long straight and also the Stadium sector, which is very challenging. There is always a nice atmosphere with the spectators at the grandstands and I am always looking forward to come back to Hockenheim.
“Compared to Silverstone, I think we are more competitive and we can achieve a good result again. The last race weekend was very exciting for me. Now, the team has given me another chance to race on Sunday and I will do my best to prove that it was the right decision.”
Chandhok will be spectating at the Brands Hatch F2 event this weekend.