HRT Team’s principal Colin Kolles has admitted that the outfit has been at a disadvantage due to the relative inexperience of their drivers Bruno Senna and Indian ace driver Karun Chandhok. The team has signed the Japanese Sakon Yamamoto to bring a little more experience into their lineup. Yamamoto will be the Friday driver for the Spanish team which had to settle for inexperienced drivers due to budget constraints.
“I am pleased with what Senna and Chandhok have done,” Collin Kolles said.
“But it’s useless to deny that their lack of F1 experience is a disadvantage at this point.”
The team now looks forward to their home grand prix in Spain at Barcelone where they would be unveiling their new challenger. Both the drivers and the team principal Colin Kolles seem confident of taking their team forward at Barcelona and sounded upbeat in pre-race interviews released by the team on their website.
Team Principal Dr Colin Kolles commented:
“We reached our next goal with our two cars making it to the finish again in China on our fourth ever race weekend. We have used the time since China to work on the car and to introduce new parts. We hope to understand the car better and need to improve the performance as well as hit a new target and finish again with both cars.”
Karun Chandhok commented:
“I am looking forward to racing again after the extended break. I really enjoy driving here as the circuit is a real challenge with a complete mix of high speed and slower technical sections. Unlike the other teams we did not have a chance to test the car in the pre-season but we have couple of updates for the car this weekend that should give us a clearer picture for the season ahead. The team is highly motivated for our home race and together we are looking forward to developing the car for the rest of the season. „
Bruno Senna commented:
“I’m looking forward to the Spanish Grand Prix. Barcelona is one of my favorite tracks and I have a good record on it and good memories. I completed my first F1 test here with Honda. And prior to that, every time I raced in Montmelo, I won or I was on the
podium. I am certain that I will enjoy Barcelona again although it is a very physical track with high speed corners where it is hard to find the perfect lap. The newly introduced last chicane is also very technical. So let’s build on our past results.”