Senna: HRT has improved

Bruno Senna was happy with his twenty-second position in qualifying for the 2010 Turkish Grand Prix, and is pleased with the progress that HRT has made on the balance of the car so far this weekend.

Senna starts ahead of his team-mate and the Virgin of Lucas Di Grassi for tomorrow and although he expects it to be a gruelling test of man and machine, the former-GP2 start is under no illusion about the challenge ahead.

Meanwhile, team-mate Karun Chandhok was twenty-fourth after complaining of having a straightline deficit to his team-mate’s car. However, the Indian driver was also full of praise for his team’s efforts and is hoping that he can fight with the Virgins.

Karun Chandhok – 24th:“We seem to have a straightline deficit to Bruno which is costing us about four tenths. It’s been a tough choice on which tyres to use and unfortunately for me, the prime tyre that we used wasn’t the right one as Bruno found a chunk of time on the option tyre. The guys are looking into the straight line issue for tomorrow and we’ll see how it goes. Certainly as a team this weekend we’re more competitive than we have been all season and are closer to Virgin so let’s see how tomorrow.”

Bruno Senna – 22nd: “The qualifying was good today and the lap was quite decent. We still have our best performance in qualifying. We were close to the Virgins and could split them. Maybe tomorrow we have an interesting race. The car balance was better and we progressed on that. The car was good and we managed to find a compromise in the setup and so the car was good to drive. It gave me a lot of confidence today and I could push. I felt quite comfortable in it and and hopefully we can keep this for the race and then fight more with the other teams. It is going to be a very tough race, for sure. Depending on how everything is going. You can rest a little bit on few laps and then you can push harder again. It will be a long and tough race tomorrow with 58 laps. It is this first anti clockwise circuit of the season and not easy for anyone. But we are all fit so we are fine.”

Colin Kolles:“I am pleased with the times of Bruno Senna. In qualifying he improved from the morning session. I was hoping for the cars to be a bit higher. Things are looking good, Karun Chandhok and Bruno Senna kept their cars out of trouble which is a good step towards a safe race.”