Klien: It's getting harder for Drivers to break into F1
Christian Klien raced 3 times for HRT in the 2010 season, after standing in for Sakon Yamamoto, and is now hoping for a race seat with the team in 2011. Klien, who believes the Spanish team will become a credible team in the Formula One 2011 season, spoke with Vorarlberg Online saying "[HRT] are on the verge of establishing themselves as a serious competitor, even if there are some setbacks from time to time" Klien also spoke about the increasing difficulties for European drivers to break into F1, with more and more competition coming from well-financed drivers from new markets. "It is pretty hard when you are from central Europe. F1 has internationalised very quickly and previously as a Briton, an Italian, a Frenchman, you had a good chance. Today there are more cockpits from before, but the driver market is being fed from many more countries; Russia, India, the southeast Asian region, and now probably Korea and China. And if you're the eighth German, then it is very difficult. Look at France and Italy - 20 years ago there were ten of each. And today?"