Fuel problems hault HRT

Hispania racing experienced a disasterous Turkish Grand Prix as both drivers were forced to retire during the race.

Early in the race Karun Chandhok’s car suffered a fuel pump failure, which meant that he was forced to return to the garage with five laps remaining. Meanwhile, team-mate Bruno Senna also experienced a drop in fuel pressure which forced him out of the race.

Despite this the team remain in high spirits and are hoping to continue to improve at the next round of the championship in Canada.

Karun Chandhok – DNF: “It is a bit frustrating to be classified not higher than 20th. In the first stint I was struggling with the pace compared to Bruno’s and the Virgins’. But as we changed to the options tyres the pace came back. Early in the race, the fuel pump failed and I was struggling today for straight line speed. Unfortunately, I finished my race five laps before the chequered flag in the pits.”

Bruno Senna – DNF: “I had a pretty good race today. The start was good and I could win some positions. Also the first laps were quite good. At the end I had a problem with the fuel system and that’s why I had to retire. During the race, we were a bit unlucky with traffic as we were ahead of both Virgins. It is sad the we had a fuel pressure problem that caused us to end our race prematurely. But we are on top of it and hopefully we can get it sorted. I had a fair battle with Lucas Di Grassi as we had a faster car than Virgin and hopefully we can have another fight for positions soon.”

Colin Kolles, Team Principal: “It was a difficult race for us. We were running well and making good progress, gaining good experience. It was disappointing to have one car retire on a fuel system problem and Karun Chandhok not finish higher than 20th. We now look ahead to the next race in Canada.”