Hispania Racing team boss Colin Kolles says he is hopeful that the newcomers will be able to celebrate another double finish on its first visit to Monza for the Italian Grand Prix.
Although aided by penalties elsewhere on the grid, the team secured its best qualifying performance to date in Belgium a fortnight ago and will now seek to build on that performance in the final European race of the season.
“After the exciting race in Belgium, we are looking forward to coming to another historical Grand Prix in Monza,” Kolles said. “The 'Autodromo di Monza' is an ultimate power circuit with a top speed rate of 70 per cent. We have to find a very low downforce set-up for the car to achieve maximum speed.
“With top speeds of up to 340 km/h, the cars are difficult to control and the drivers have to be attentive and concentrated. We want to show a good performance and to finish the race with both of our cars again.”
Both Sakon Yamamoto and Bruno Senna have raced at Monza in the past, and Senna said he was keen to tackle the Italian circuit for the first time in an F1 machine.
“The track in Monza is full of history and the atmosphere there is very nice,” he said. “Since 2005, I have been racing in Monza every year except in 2009 and I am always looking forward to racing there. It is a very high-speed circuit with slow chicanes and medium speed corners interrupting the straight lines. So the car is configured with low downforce for maximum speed.
“The brakes and tyres are used very hard due to the high speed nature with low-speed corners. I hope to have another competitive weekend against the new teams and still look forward to achieving our best results.”