Friday, April 02, 2010: Sepang International Circuit, Karun Chandhok in chassis F110-01 #20 completed a total of 51 laps in today's practice session, with a best lap time of 1.41.084 while Bruno Senna in chassis F110- 02 #21 completed 56 laps with a best time of 1.41.481.
Chandhok managed to outpace his team-mate Bruno Senna in the combined times from Friday's practice. Karun enjoyed a trouble free day to get more comfortable with the car. In the second ninety minutes afternoon free practice session, in preparation of the longest race - in terms of distance - of the 2010 season (192.879 miles/310.408 km) and its 56 laps, the heat was suffocating on the Malaysian track despite a shower between the two sessions, but in the end, the track remained dry. The two cars managed to work smoothly over the two sessions which is very positive ahead of a difficult race week-end.
Today, the HRT F1 Team continued its development program at only the third Grand Prix of its short history with no pre-season testing for Karun Chandhok nor Bruno Senna. Both cars have respectively covered 110 laps today.
Dr. Colin Kolles: "Both sessions were productive and ran as smooth as possible for both Karun and Bruno who could cover all the planned testing program while driving most laps ever in their practice history. Technically everything worked well and this is very positive for the team to be running through a normal driving program with a crew that worked very hard to make all of this happen. Now, we need to go beyond and improve drivability of the car."
"The practice sessions were useful for us as we did some long runs. It is positive that we did that many laps today, which was our objective for this weekend. I was really happy with the car and managed to push more in the second sesion. Now we will analyze the data collected today and get prepared for qualifying tomorrow. "