Christian Klien throws some light on the problems faced by young drivers trying to get into F1 who don’t have sponsorship behind them.
“Nico Hulkenberg’s case shows that there are no guarantees. He had a great debut year with a pole position in Brazil, and he’s out. In my own case, I have some options. The most obvious one of course is HRT, who are on the verge of establishing themselves as a serious competitor, even if there are some setbacks from time-to-time. In February there was not much of a team, and I would not have believed I would contest three grands prix this year.”
Formula 1 superstars Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher both hailed Team Germany’s incredible fourth successive victory in the ROC Nations Cup after a rollercoaster evening in front of their home crowd.
“My goal for next year as I’ve said before is still firmly to be in Formula 1 and negotiations for a drive in the 2011 F1 world championship are progressing in the right way, so hopefully we’ll have a final program in place before the F1 world shuts for Christmas.”
“I was not expecting better, because I know it’s difficult to come back after three years stopped. What he has done is already very good – almost exceptional. The target to be world champion in his comeback was really impossible, also because the team and the car was not at the same level as Red Bull, McLaren or Ferrari.”
Comment of the day
A lot of people have drawn the same conclusion as Mike over Daniel Ricciardo’s promotion at Toro Rosso:
I think Buemi is just lucky he hasn’t been kicked out for the start of next season.
I mean, he isn’t bad, But Toro Rosso in effect is just a training ground for Red Bull. So keeping a driver who isn’t particularly likely to set the world on fire for a long time isn’t desirable.
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On this day in F1
The Kyalami circuit in South Africa held its last international race in its original form on this day in 1988. Former F1 driver Jochen Mass won the World Sportscar race for Porsche.
F1 had last raced at the venue three years earlier, but the popular circuit had run into financial trouble and sold off half the land the track was built on to a property developer.
A new section was built and F1 returned to the circuit for two further races in 1992 and 1993.
Read more: 1993 South African Grand Prix flashback