Sakon Yamamoto will continue to race alongside Bruno Senna at the Belgian Grand Prix, HRT confirmed today.
The Japanese driver made his first outing for the team at Silverstone, replacing Senna, and has since made another three appearances standing in for Karun Chandhok.
It had been expected that Chandok would return behind the wheel after the summer break, but the team has announced that Yamamoto will keep the second seat for Spa.
Yamamoto said: "I am looking forward to be back in action after the break. We will need a good speed in the fast corners and also a good downforce on the car. We expect that the track layout suits our car and we try to do our best again."
Team mate Senna has said he hopes that the low-downforce nature of the track will be better suited to the HRT car.
"I always look forward to Spa-Francorchamps and I’ve raced there every year since 2005", said Senna. "It is my favourite circuit of all the ones I’ve raced at and my first time there in a Formula 1 car will be very special for me.
The track is very fast with lovely gradient changes and challenging high speed corners. It is one of those circuits where the more you push, the better the lap time will be. Spa is a medium-downforce circuit and it demands a lot of high-speed stability of the car, as the average speed of the corners is quite high.
It will be very important to find a confidence-inspiring car balance to extract the best lap time possible. The downforce levels of the track are in line with what we have in our car and I have a good relationship with the circuit as well, so I am really looking forward to driving the car for the time.
2010 Belgian Grand Prix