May 8 (GMM) Christian Klien has confirmed he will drive on the Fridays of grands prix “several” more times in 2010.
The Austrian has inked a contract with the new Spanish team HRT to add experience to the rookie race lineup of Bruno Senna alongside Karun Chandhok.
Having driven on Friday morning in Spain, mere minutes after Jean Todt and Bernie Ecclestone cleared the path for the renewal of his super license, Klien would not confirm if he is being paid for the role or is backed by paying sponsors.
He told Austria’s Salzburger Nachrichten: “The deal is for this season, I will be used on several Fridays but it is not decided how many or at which races.”
And after Senna made clear his view that the race drivers should be given all the practice laps by HRT, the Brazilian insists he has not fallen out with Klien.
“We know each other from the Le Mans series last year and have no problems. If he can contribute with his experience, that’s good for the team because we need all the help we can get at this stage,” said Senna.