HRT pleased after difficult weather conditions

Colin Kolles praised the efforts of both of his drivers, as HRT ran in its first wet qualifying session in Malaysia.

Bruno Senna starts twenty-second for tomorrow’s race while team-mate, Karun Chandhok, starts one place further back.

Both drivers will be hoping to make it to the finish of tomorrow’s race, as Hispania continue to put mileage onto their car.

Bruno Senna – 22nd: “It’s been a bit of a difficult day. Conditions were very tough and it was our first experience of these conditions. I covered five laps before sliding off on the very wet track and unfortunately the engine stalled. Luckily I could go out of the gravel, going back to the garage and do more laps after it.”

Karun Chandhok – 23rd: “I will start tomorrow’s race just behind Trulli, Alonso, Hamilton and Massa. The weather was not looking good in the afternoon before qualifying and I was not sure if it would hold until the qualifying session as well. It didn’t and that gave us our first wet experience driving the car for the first time in heavy rain. I made the best of it.”

Dr. Colin Kolles: “Having never run the car in the wet before this weekend, HRT F1 team was taking a gamble with this wet weather for both cars. Without pre-season testing it is a big challenge to go out and drive in really wet conditions like today. Let’s see what the weather brings during the race tomorrow.”