Hispania Racing Team boss Colin Kolles has congratulated 'his' team after Karun Chandhok and Bruno Senna both made it to the finish of the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday.
It was the first time the Spanish squad has completed an entire grand prix with both of its cars, and while both were a few laps down - in 15th and 16th, HRT continues to progress and had no real problems all weekend.
Indeed during free practice at the Sepang International Circuit on the Friday the team enjoyed its very first trouble-free day and in total notched up more than 100 tours.
"A fantastic day for the team completing our first two-car finish in only our third race, with no pre-season testing," Kolles reflected. "Bruno Senna had a good start while Karun Chandhok had a bad one. But Karun could find a good pace then and both drivers had reliable races. Again we have made a great step forward.
"We reached our goal with two cars finishing the race. Congratulations to the team who worked again hard to achieve this result. Now we have to work on more developments for the next Grand Prix in China."
Chandhok and Senna meanwhile were also both encouraged by the performance of the Hispania car.
"I am fantastically happy to have finished my second race today after our difficult debut in Bahrain," Chandhok continued. "I kept out of trouble and pitted on lap 17. On lap 45, I had a tricky moment, passing [Jarno] Trulli's Lotus. A great thank to the team who did a fantastic job. To finish was very difficult today but I am happy to have done it."
"I am really pleased for the team to have finished the race with both cars," Senna added. "It has been another positive weekend for the team taking a good step forward."