Hispania Racing was able to enjoy its first trouble-free day of running after Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok completed more than 100 laps during free practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix.
The duo suffered problems in both Bahrain and Australia following the last minute takeover of the team, which meant it started the season without any pre-season testing.
Although still at the rear of the field, team boss Colin Kolles was pleased to enjoy a trouble-free start to the weekend and said the focus now was on improving the driveability of the car.
Chandhok has already admitted that the Hispania car is lacking downforce compared to its rivals.
“Both sessions were productive and ran as smooth as possible for both Karun and Bruno, who could cover all the planned testing programme while driving the most laps ever in their practice history,” Kolles said. “Technically everything worked well and this is very positive for the team to be running through a normal driving program with a crew that worked very hard to make all of this happen.
“Now, we need to go beyond and improve drivability of the car.”
Senna was also pleased to have a day of running without any issues.
“We were ready straight away when the first session started and that was a good feeling,” he said. “We managed all programmes and we had no mechanical problem. It is good to have the first 100 per cent reliable day and I'm happy about that. I'm looking forward to practice three tomorrow ahead of a good qualifying.”