Hispania Racing team principal Colin Kolles said he was satisfied with the Bahrain Grand Prix despite the F1 newcomers seeing both of its cars retire within 20 laps of the start.
The team had faced a race to make it to Bahrain following the late takeover of the outfit previously known as Campos Meta by Jose Ramon Carabante.
Such was the rush to prepare for the weekend that Karun Chandhok failed to take to the track until qualifying, and the Indian racer saw his debut brought to an early end when he was forced to retire after going off into the barriers on the new infield section shortly after the start.
“It was my fifth lap on this track,” he said. “I hit a bump in the new part of the circuit, I wasn't that experienced in that part of the track as I had driven only four timed laps over the weekend. I want to thank my mechanics for accompanying my first laps on this track and the whole team for a great weekend and long sleepless hours. Now let's look forward to start again in Melbourne.”
Team-mate Bruno Senna was also forced to retire, with a broken fitting seeing him lose water from the radiator on the 18th lap, which caused the engine on his car to overheat.
“There was a vibration from the back of the car a lap earlier and then the car suddenly stopped,” he said. “We'll have to investigate what happened. But I am very happy for the whole team for their incredible hard work to ensure we are in a position to be racing again in Melbourne.”
Despite the early nature of the retirement, Kolles insisted that the team could be satisfied with how the weekend had gone considering the challenges that had been faced with the team now hoping to go away and make improvements ahead of the second round in Australia.
“I am satisfied the way things went,” he said. “Karun Chandhok stopped early in the race, but it was not a mechanical failure, he could not know that the bump was there having too few miles in his car and had just never experienced that the bump was where it was on this track.
“We will go home with lots of important data to make step forwards as the season moves into the second Grand Prix and continue making consistent improvements. The focus today for the team was to start the race and run both cars on track. I would like to thank everyone for their dedication and we have taken an historic first step.”