HRT F1 confident of adding to first finish in Malaysia
Murcia (Spain), Sunday, 28 March 2010 - Hispania Racing Team (HRT F1 Team), the newest F1 team in the paddock, acquired by Jose Ramon Carabante in February and led by team principal Dr Colin Kolles heads to Malaysia, its
third ever Grand Prix. The next challenge comes just one week after the team achieved its goal of completing an entire race in just its second attempt at Melbourne, Australia.
Unlike the other teams, the two Hispania Racing Team cars were not able to participate in pre-season testing and have only ever driven a total of 590km (Karun Chandhok) and 615km (Bruno Senna) over the two first races of the 2010 F1 Championship.
The team has made steady progress as Karun Chandhok record the team's first race finish in Australia, bouncing back from a challenging weekend in Bahrain where he completed only eight laps. It was a great step forward for the newly born team.
Team Principal Dr Colin Kolles comments, "We reached our goal with one of our two cars making it to the finish. Now we want to hit a new target and finish with both cars. From there on, we will be focusing increasingly on improving the car's overall pace and performance."
Bruno Senna comments, "I'm looking forward to the Malaysian Grand Prix. I am very excited to go to Malaysia as I have driven there in GP2 so I know the track well. This will free my mind and I hope we will have a better race in terms of performance. So let's see what I can do in Sepang."
Karun Chandhok comments, "I am really looking forward to my third F1 race. I have already driven a number of times in Malaysia and even won on the track with Renault V6. I was on the front row with iSport in GP2 Asia and also raced there many times in Formula Asia. My good winter preparation paid off and I was very fit after my full Australian Grand Prix and have not even felt sore after the race. This is a good sign for Malaysia where conditions are usually hot and demanding. I am looking for another great achievement for our young team."