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Hispania confident of no Melbourne repeat

Colin Kolles says Hispania will make it onto the grid for the Malaysia Grand Prix this weekend
Team boss Colin Kolles has said that Hispania Racing should be able to qualify for the second round of the F1 season this weekend in Malaysia after neither of its cars were able to compete in the first event of the campaign in Australia.

The two F111s were only completed after arriving at the Albert Park circuit and there was little surprise when Narain Karthikeyan and Tonio Liuzzi were unable to beat the 107% qualifying time set in Q1 by Sebastian Vettel.

Hispania heads to Malaysia this weekend aiming to avoid a repeat of the problems it faced in the season opener and Kolles said he felt sure that the 107% rule wouldn't be an issue.

"The expectations for Malaysia are to get back to normality,” he said. “We know that the car has potential and we hope that we will be able to get all updates on the cars.

“The 107% should not be an issue under normal circumstances. The target is to do as many laps as possible in free practice in order to prepare for the qualifying session and for the race."

Liuzzi said he too was confident that the team would be able to make it into the Sepang race, with the Spanish outfit better prepared for the second race of the campaign.

“The Malaysian Grand Prix has the added factor of extreme weather conditions,” the former Force India man said. “I remember last year's qualifying session which was affected by the rain as a really challenging session.”

“I think Sepang will be a really good track for the F111 because it's a very technical and demanding track. It's a challenging venue for our first proper race but a place where we will get a lot of information on the car. Our expectations for the weekend are to do well in qualifying and finish the race, confirming the performance and reliability of the car.”

“I am really confident and motivated for this race. I'm sure things will be a lot different from Australia because we are better prepared and conscious of what we need to do.”



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JACKBEE

April 05, 2011 2:30 PM

The more the merrier I say. When you are paying out a small fortune to spectate, then why not watch large grids? Many of us actually enjoy watching private battles down the order as well as the top teams fighting at the front. Also, I think think that just because a team doesn't have all the trick bits to be at the front doesn't mean they have any less ambition to do relatively well.

sodesu

April 05, 2011 8:00 PM

IMO they actually have a much better chance of improving than last season - because they are now making their own chassis they can also update and improve it whereas last year they were given a complete chassis from Dallara - which TBH was clearly the worst in the field. It'll take a while though and I doubt they'll be there @ Sepang but I fully expect them to improve. Probably a lot. But that still doesn't say much...



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