Colin Kolles is convinced HRT can become one of the more successful new teams to enter F1 this season, despite the fact its car is yet to undergo any competitive mileage.
HRT's road to the Bahrain F1 season opener has been a long and arduous one, the Spanish team, which was known as Campos Meta 1 until last week, having spent recent months attempting to secure the necessary finance to get on the grid.
The confirmation that Jose Ramon Carabante would assume control of the team from Adrian Campos eventually secured the team's future at the eleventh hour, with the renamed HRT finally making its first public appearance in Murcia a week ago.
However, while it means HRT will be a welcome sight on the grid in Bahrain, neither Bruno Senna nor Karun Chandhok are yet to drive the Dallara-designed chassis.
Despite this, former Jordan, Midland and Spyker manager Kolles has faith in both the team and the drivers, before going on to suggest it can take on and beat fellow F1 newcomers Virgin F1 and Lotus.
“With our driver's line up, we have all tools in hands to be one of the more successful new teams in the F1 paddock this year,” he said. “We have identified two talented young drivers for our first season and combined with our passion and determination to learn with every lap, we feel ready to enter the F1 Hall of Fame this weekend.
“In a curious coincidence, our drivers are teammates for the second time, having partnered each other at iSport in 2008 – making them the first drivers to have been teammates in both GP2 and F1. Our drivers are already familiar with the Bahrain track layout, which will be a real benefit as our car takes to the track for the first time on Friday.”