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Yamamoto to replace Chandhok in Hungary

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Karun Chandhok has been dropped for the second race in a row by Hispania and will be replaced at this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix by Sakon Yamamoto.

Yamamoto failed to make much of an impact last time out in Germany, qualifying over a second off the pace of teammate Bruno Senna and retiring from the race with mechanical problems.

Senna, who will partner Yamamoto in Hungary, had his best qualifying result of the season in Hockenheim but suffered a slow puncture on race day which meant he finished last of the classified runners.

The Brazilian finished on the podium at the Hungaroring twice in the 2008 GP2 series, and is looking forward to making his Formula 1 debut at the track.

“I'm really looking forward to Hungary because the atmosphere is great and the crowd always enjoys the show,” he said. “It's a high-downforce circuit and very demanding for the driver and the car because of the bumpy, long-radius corners. Opportunities for overtaking are more limited than at other circuits, so qualifying will be crucial this weekend.”

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