Hispania Racing team boss Colin Kolles says the financial situation within the Spanish team is 'improving' as it seeks to secure its long-term F1 future.
The newcomers have been followed closely by rumours throughout the year after only appearing on the grid following an eleventh-hour deal that saw Jose Ramon Carabante take control from Adrian Campos on the eve of the season.
That meant the team arrived in Bahrain with no pre-season testing and two under-developed cars, which has resulted in it being marooned at the bottom of the times for the majority of the year.
Speculation has long suggested that the team was struggling for money – something which was made clear when Sakon Yamamoto was promoted into a race seat – but Kolles said things were improving as the team heads into the final events of the year.
“Obviously [having more sponsors on the car] is a positive sign but we have to work hard to get as much sponsorship as possible for 2011,” he said. “With more sponsors on board the situation is improving. In F1, you need a lot of support and that is what we are trying to achieve.”
Hispania is battling with fellow newcomers Virgin and Lotus to secure tenth in the constructors' championship in order to pick up a financial windfall for 2011 and Kolles said he was proud of the job the team was doing as it chases its ultimate end goal.
“I am very proud because we cannot say that we have an optimal pre-season preparation,” he said. “I think they are doing a fantastic job.
“I think both drivers are doing a good job. We had the best qualifying result in Spa so far and Sakon's lap times were at the same level as Kovalainen and Glock in the race. I think there is no need to make any changes so far.”