F1 »

HRT eager to 'fight for positions' again in Valencia

Having looked to have made real progress in recent races, Hispania Racing (HRT) is keen for Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok to mix it with their competitors once again in this weekend's European Grand Prix in Valencia
In what will be its second home outing, Hispania Racing (HRT) is quietly confident of a 'competitive' showing and of continuing to 'fight for positions with other teams' in the European Grand Prix in Valencia this weekend, as the F1 2010 newcomer bids to drag itself away from the rear of the grid.

Having begun its maiden campaign of top flight competition predictably some way shy of the leading pace – with no time for any pre-season testing ahead of the Bahrain curtain-raiser – HRT has shown genuine signs of progress of late, with Bruno Senna out-qualifying a rival team's car for two races in succession in Istanbul and Montreal, as the young Brazilian outpaced countryman Lucas Di Grassi in the Virgin entry on both occasions.

With the configuration of the 25-turn, stop-start harbourside Valencia Street Circuit – skimming past the quay, through the port and historic fish market and along the docks and shipyard gates of the Juan Carlos I Marina in the Spanish city – and the anticipated low-grip level due to its scant use for racing purposes, many are predicting a processional, overtaking-free race on Sunday, but both Senna and fellow rookie team-mate Karun Chandhok are palpably eager to get out on-track.

“I am really looking forward to Valencia, because it is a circuit where I had a good performance in GP2 in 2008,” affirmed the Paulista. “The circuit is difficult with some very technical corners, but the biggest challenges are the bridge – which is very narrow and bumpy – and the last corner, into which you arrive at very high-speed. Then, you have to slow the car down turning into the hairpin.

“On this circuit, it is very important to find the right set-up for tight, slow corners and good traction. As it is not a very high-downforce circuit, we may be able to have a competitive weekend again and I hope we will continue having good races.”

“It is the second home race this year for our team in Valencia, and the atmosphere there is normally quite good and very special,” added Chandhok, only the second Indian ever to compete at the highest level. “I am looking forward to the event on this circuit, and I already raced there in GP2.

“The track is not a traditional street circuit, as it is very wide and has a lot of run-off areas unlike Monaco or Montreal. There are long straights and low-speed corners where you have to jump the kerbs to be quick. You will need good stability on the brakes, compliance on the kerbs and good traction. For Valencia, we hope to show a good performance like we did in the races before.”

Those sentiments are echoed by the Murcia-based outfit's team principal Dr. Colin Kolles, whose hope it is for HRT to build upon the steps forward taken particularly in Canada, when both Senna and Chandhok were able to duel it out on the circuit with the Virgin machines of Di Grassi and Timo Glock.

“There is a special atmosphere at the Valencia Street Circuit because it is situated around the harbour,” stated the former Force India, Midland, Spyker and Jordan man. “It is not easy to find the right set-up for the car because of the track layout with high-speed straights and low-speed corners. You need low downforce on the straights, but high downforce and traction for accelerating after slow and slippery corners.

“Due to the coastal location of the circuit, a strong sea breeze can also cause balance problems. The drivers have to be concentrated during the 57 laps of the race, and due to normally high air temperatures, it is going to be a physically tough race. After our good performance in Canada, we are aiming to fight for positions with other teams again.”



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Colin Kolles, Team Principal, Hispania Racing F1 Team
Colin Kolles, Team Principal, Hispania Racing F1 Team
Saturday, Bruno Senna (BRA), Hispania Racing F1 Team (HRT), F110
Karun Chandhok (IND), Hispania Racing F1 Team (HRT), F110
Friday Practice1, Karun Chandhok (IND), Hispania Racing F1 Team (HRT), F110
Friday Practice2, Bruno Senna (BRA), Hispania Racing F1 Team (HRT), F110
French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard
Kimi Raikkonen tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Lewis Hamilton tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Daniel Ricciardo tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Kimi Raikkonen tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Pirelli 2017 tyre test [Credit: Pirelli]
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


andrew.

June 22, 2010 3:43 PM
Last Edited 245 days ago

For a team that started the season with an untested car and with virtually no F1 experience they are doing pretty well, and for me are definately the best of the new teams despit richards unwarranted scepticism! Last and second last could easily be 9th and 10th in a race of high attrition.



© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.