Hispania boss Colin Kolles is adamant the team is making progress, although he has conceded that practice on Friday at Sepang was basically their first test day.

Indeed, while Narain Karthikeyan and Vitantonio Liuzzi both managed plenty of laps yesterday - a sharp contrast to Australia, unfortunately they both remained outside the 107 per cent cut off, as they did again this morning in final practice. Encouragingly though, Liuzzi was only a tenth off the 107 per cent marker - and Karthikeyan three tenths slower in the sister car.

"A little bit better than last time," Kolles told reporters on Friday when asked about how practice had gone. "This was our first test day basically.

"I think we made some progress and we will make some progress tomorrow [too]. I think it was not too bad, we have no major issues, it is just a matter of finding the set-up."

So how tough was it for the team over the winter? And how much effort has it required to keep the squad going?

"Some effort I would say," Kolles added. "[But] I am not a person who is making a big issue out of this. We are here.

"We worked hard in December and in January and February and we have to improve, that's the point. If I look backwards and I go into a corner and start to cry, nobody will help me. It is past and we have to move forward," Kolles summed-up.