Bruno Senna says his is focused on picking up his first F1 finish in the Australian Grand Prix to cap a difficult weekend in Melbourne.

Senna was forced to sit out the second practice session on Friday with a fuel pressure issue and then saw his running in the Saturday morning session brought to a premature conclusion by a hydraulic problem.

However, the Hispania Racing driver was able to make it out for qualifying and qualified 23rd on the grid with his aim now to bring home a finish for the newcomers.

"It's been a bit of a difficult day, stopping on the circuit this morning with an hydraulic problem after we solved yesterday's fuel pressure problem and then we did a good job with the team," he said. "We continue to learn how the car reacts to set up changes. We left early in the session as we were afraid that it would just start to rain. To finish where we are on the grid is okay in the circumstances, and the goal is to make it through the race tomorrow."

Team-mate Karun Chandhok will also chase his first finish following his early accident in Bahrain, and the Indian racer was pleased to come through qualifying unscathed.

"I was one of the early starters and joined track with a set of soft tyres," he said. "I wanted to make it through Q1 and I did. I am very pleased with this result for our second Grand Prix. We are not too far from the top runners.I haven't made any significant errors. It's a great way to start my F1 career."

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