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Karthikeyan: Hispania can surprise a few people

Narain Karthikeyan confident Hispania can surprise people this season despite failing to qualify in Australia
Despite the team failing to qualify for the opening round of the new F1 season in Australia, Narain Karthikeyan is confident that Hispania Racing can still 'surprise a few people' during the year ahead.

The team failed to get either car into the Albert Park race after being unable to set a time with 107 per cent of the leading Q1 time posted by Sebastian Vettel, with the two new cars having only been completed over the course of the race weekend.

However, with new parts set to be fitted to the car at Sepang, Karthikeyan said he was confident that the team would not only be able to qualify, but would be able to take the first steps towards surprising a few people up and down the paddock.

"The majority of the work is done, but the fine details just go on and on and on,” he told Reuters. “You needed a complete car or it doesn't make any sense to go out. We know it is a really bad situation but there's no point in complaining about it.

"Basically, they don't want jokers to come in. We respect the 107 percent rule. We are a serious team. When it all gets kicking off, I think we are going to surprise a few people.

"If we get the new front wing, not if, we are going to get it, we are reasonably confident that we will qualify and if all these things happen then we don't have any excuse not to qualify for Malaysia."



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t gotMikeG - Unregistered

March 30, 2011 3:08 PM

At this stage they would "suprise a few people" if they managed to run a few sessions in Malaysia. To me they were so slow last weekend in their limited running that they were a danger on the track ( never mind the bits of the car falling off ). I think that it should be compulsory to run your car in at least one of the pre season tests to qualify as an entrant. This is the pinnacle of motorsport after all and a team that are still building their car at the first GP should not be there.

Nanbawan - Unregistered

March 30, 2011 2:24 PM

They were what, 109 percent ? Given the context, with the car just being mounted, it's not that bad actually. Seems that the financial is the biggest issue rather than the technical one. I hope they can gain some respite and improve. There's no need to slash them as long as they can fight and they're not overly dangerous of course. Anyway, if they fail they fail. That's sport.



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