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Q&A – Colin Kolles, HRT

Hispania Racing (HRT) team principal Colin Kolles runs the rule over the F1 tailender's 2011 campaign to-date - and explains why there are reasons for encouragement looking forward...
Q:
22-year-old Australian Daniel Ricciardo joined the team at the British Grand Prix in Silverstone. What are the key qualities of your rookie driver?

Colin Kolles:
It's always difficult to fully evaluate a newcomer. Daniel arrives with a strong background of 55 podiums in his short career which is very promising. Daniel received an unusual and nice birthday gift on July 1st 2011 and was able to make it to his first F1 grand prix drive. Three races later, Daniel will start his fourth grand prix at Spa and is gaining very valuable knowledge and experience with every lap he completes behind the wheel. Sometimes young drivers don't know what to expect, and we are working closely with him to build his experience and confidence in the car.

Q:
What are your current drivers' qualities?

Colin Kolles:
Narain Karthikeyan has the widest experience of different categories which is very useful. Vitantonio Liuzzi is our experienced driver who will compete in his 74th F1 grand prix at Spa. He is a really good fighter behind the wheel with a passionate temperament. Daniel Ricciardo is the youngest and a very talented rookie who shows that he is a fast learner. He needs to develop and is on the right trajectory in that regard.

Q:
What has been the best race of the season so far?

Colin Kolles:
Canada was our best race so far where we scored the best result in our team's history. It was a great race with a positive ending. We made a step forward in terms of performance and in the championship position. The whole team has been working very hard and it is a deserved result. The drivers did a very good job driving more aggressively than ever in very difficult conditions.

Q:
What are the strengths of HRT Formula One and what are your next targets?

Colin Kolles:
We will have to improve further and target 10th position in the championship. I am very thankful and happy for all the team members who are working very hard to move the team forward. I want to also thank our partners and suppliers for all their support.

Q:
What is the most difficult challenge for a team?

Colin Kolles:
In terms of racing, to have the right set-up, accurately predicting the effect of tyre degradation and, in mixed conditions, to make the right calls at the right time. Apart from the race there are many challenges every day.

Q:
Will the team bring any updates to the car after the summer break?

Colin Kolles:
We have been working on updates for the upcoming grands prix at Spa and Monza, which require different aerodynamic configurations from the previous ones. The car's set-up must reflect the need to perform with complete stability in the very fast and medium-speed corners, while also having the mechanical traction to deal with the slower corners.

Q:
We have seen the weather impact several races this year how much can that alter and challenge a team's efforts during a race?

Colin Kolles:
The weather is often hard to predict. But we should be well prepared for strong performances. Some tracks like Hungary are notoriously more difficult given the conditions, which tend to be windy, and the fact that it is a track on which overtaking is a problem. But tyre management is always a key factor as well as timing your pit stops and tyre decisions perfectly.

Q:
What is your objective for the remainder of the season?

Colin Kolles:



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