Colin Kolles praised the efforts of Sakon Yamamoto, despite Hispania once again occupying the back of the grid.
The HRT team principal revealed that the Japanese driver may well have outqualified his team-mate, had it not been for a mistake on the final sector which cost him over three tenths of a second.
Meanwhile, Bruno Senna (who will start twenty-third) bemoaned the poor performance of his car during the session.
Sakon Yamamoto – 24th: “I am quite happy with this result for the team, which worked really hard and provided me a good car. The track conditions have changed compared to the practice session in the morning and it was a bit slippery. Consequently, it was a challenging qualifying and I could have done a better result but unfortunately, I lost some time in the last sector of my fastest lap. Apart from this, we could improve all over the weekend and we are looking forward to the race tomorrow, which is going to be a long one. I’ll try to concentrate from the beginning until the end and to show my best performance.”
Bruno Senna – 23rd: “It was a bit frustrating qualifying today and we had the potential to be further up. We were experimenting with the set-up this weekend as we were chasing after the changing track conditions. The car was hard to drive in qualifying and we have to look into the data and find out what we can do for the race tomorrow.”
Colin Kolles, Team Principal: “Today, Sakon Yamamoto has shown a good performance but unfortunately, he made a mistake in the last sector of his final lap, which cost him three and a half tenths. He improved continuously over the weekend and found his pace early in the practices. Bruno Senna did his best lap time on his second outing on option tyres. Tomorrow is going to be a long and physically tough race as the temperatures are getting high on this technical track here in Hungary.”