Hispania Racing, HRT F1 Team finishes with both cars again at its second "home race"
Karun Chandhok F110-03 #20 19th
Bruno Senna F110-02 #21 20th
For the third time this season, the Spanish Hispania Racing, HRT F1 Team was able to finish the race with both cars. The
Spanish team added more valuable experience in Valencia and was able to continue fighting for positions with other teams. After a hard-fought race, Karun Chandhok crossed the line in 19th position, and Bruno Senna ended up 20th. Because of a damaged front wing, which occured when Bruno respected the waved blue flags which were shown to him and Timo Glock, who was behind, the Brazilian had to do an unplanned second pit stop. This incident with Bruno Senna and Timo Glock is still under investigation by the stewards.
Dr Colin Kolles, Team Principal:
"We started on different strategies into the race. Bruno started on prime tyres and Karun was on options. We decided to do Karun's pit stop during the safety car period and to win some positions thereby, as the Virgins were on a different strategy. Unfortunately, there were two incidents where both drivers' front wings were damaged."
Karun Chandhok, Race driver #20:
"It was a reasonable race for me. The pace early on was reasonably good but then I started to struggle with the option tyres. We decided to pit under the safety car and switch to primes which was a good decision as I was able to then settle into a rhythm and pull away from Bruno. At the end though, having done 47 laps on one set of tyres I didn't quite have enough pace to fight against Timo and he managed to muscle past on the final lap. All in all, I am quite pleased with the job I did today and it's good for the team to get two cars to the finish in front of their home supporters".
Bruno Senna, Race driver #21:
"It was a frustrating race today. Unfortunately, there was the incident with Timo Glock when my front wing was damaged. This happened during the blue flag we both got for a lapping car. But it is good to finish the race again after not having finished the last three."
UPDATE: Hispania Racing, HRT F1 Team wins one position after the race
The Stewards gave Timo Glock a 20 seconds penalty. As a result of the penalty, Karun Chandhok is now classified 18th.