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GP Week : Issue 81
CHRISTIAN Klien has returned to Formula One as a test and reserve driver for Hispania Racing. The team was keen to hire Klien, who first raced in F1 with Jaguar in 2004, in order to bring more experience, and compare feedback with HRT's rookie drivers. The Austrian drove Karun Chandhok's car on Friday. GPWEEK understands Spain could be a one-off for Klien, whose feedback corroborated that of Bruno Senna and Chandhok. Senna believes it's best to give the race drivers all the time possible in practice: "In my opinion, because we had no testing at the beginning of the season, the race drivers must do every mile possible." The team has split from Dallara. There was an option for the chassis designer to deliver upgrades and this will not be taken up. The development will be led by Geoff Willis. As well as confirming what the race drivers had said, Klien adds further teutonic flavour to what is becoming a much more German than Spanish team. GPWEEK believes team principal Colin Kolles is actively wooing Volkswagen to enter F1 with his team. Dr Kolles is highly regarded by VW motorsport director Kris Nissen, having run Audis in DTM and at Le Mans Klien con rms HRT drivers' view HAVING been overlooked during the FIA's tender for 2010, Epsilon Euskadi is pitching for the 13th team slot in 2011. With Durango, Stefan GP and Cypher (which contains elements from the stillborn USF1 team) all looking, from a distance at least, fairly weak, Epsilon is looking quite good. Team boss Joan Villadelprat says the struggles of this year's new teams have done nothing to put him off. "You always think that you can do better than that, but I am very much with my feet on the ground knowing that when you start a new team, it is a job for four years," he said in the Barcelona paddock. "Forget the first season -- it is four years to get the right people, to get the stability, get the means on the economical side sorted, and make sure everybody works in a single way. "I am not surprised ... I am not saying we will struggle, but it is so hard for the new teams, like it will be for us as well. But it all depends on the means you have and the spirit you have to achieve that quicker. "We have received an email from the FIA that states they are not ready to ask the important questions yet. We are waiting for them to come back to us to say we want that, that, and that. "We know at the moment that by the end of June is the latest stage that you carry on working and then after that it will take a week or two weeks to decide who will be the 13th team. That is all I know." Villadelprat has worked in F1 for 30 years, including spells with Ferrari, McLarena and Benetton. Founded in 1999, Epsilon's highlight so far was winning the World Series by Renault with Robert Kubica in 2005. Epsilon bids for lucky 13 HRT car far from F1 standard; split from Dallara; wooing VW 10