Team principal Colin Kolles says he is hopeful of an improved showing from Hispania Racing in the second round of the F1 season in Australia, where the team will hope to secure its first race of the season.
The eleventh hour nature of the deal that saw Jose Ramon Carabante rescue the team meant that Hispania headed to Bahrain for the opening round of the year without any pre-season testing and with neither of its cars fully ready to hit the track.
Bruno Senna was able to take part in free practice but retired before the 20 lap mark of the race, while team-mate Karun Chandhok only turned his first laps in qualifying before crashing out of the race on the second lap.
However, with the team having worked hard since the Sakhir race weekend, Kolles said the aim for Albert Park was to work towards a race finish, with the former Spyker chief confident the team will achieve its goal soon.
“We have worked extremely hard since the Bahrain season opener,” he said. “We have worked long hours and successfully with Bridgestone, Cosworth and Xtrac learned from our first laps with the car and found a good basis from which to start preparation for our second Grand Prix in Australia in a few days.
“We have successfully repaired the damage sustained by Karun Chandhok's car and focused on building our car's reliability. Our goal is to improve steadily and the next step is to work towards our first race finish. I am confident we will achieve this goal very soon and having seen how we came together as a team in Bahrain I can see just how much potential and commitment we have.”
Senna insisted that the team needed to build on the work it carried out in Bahrain – which in reality was little more than a public shakedown – and said he would be giving his all to help the team progress.
“We need to continue building on what we achieved in Bahrain,” he said. “We put two cars together and ran successfully in Bahrain. Now we must continue to work as a team and I must work with the team to continue learning about the car. I have enjoyed working long hours with the team so far and I will be giving my all as I really want to progress and guarantee them good results.”