Hispania Boss Sets Aim to Catch Lotus, Virgin

Hispania Racing F1 Team is currently the only squad in Formula 1 not to have launched or tested its 2011-spec challenger this winter, yet their goals match the ones set by fellow 2010 rookie teams Team Lotus and Marussia Virgin.

In an interview with British magazine Autosport, team boss Colin Kolles insisted that he is trustful in the new car and that the development programme set up by Hispania will enable the team to move forward in 2011. That being said, he believes “Lotus is not going to be an issue for us. And also Virgin.”

The car doesn't look too bad; it looks like a modern F1 car. We'll see where we are - I cannot tell you at the moment. I think we'll be better in performance than last year, and this is what the indications are at this stage,” said Kolles.

I think that we will have a good CFD programme in place, a very strong one, and then we'll see where we will be. You have to have an efficient development programme. (...) I trust in the people we have, and also the quality of the people I have. I'm not scared at all...” added the Romanian-born team principal.

Kolles also admitted that his surprise in 2010 was not so much the big gap between his car and the rest of the pack, but the fact that this gap decreased throughout the season.

For me one of the surprises last year was that we were running the same car, but the gap was getting smaller and not bigger. I cannot explain it. Maybe our drivers got better! This is a fact, you can see that the percentage that we were slower got smaller.”

Hispania will have their car ready by the next and final group test of the off-season, scheduled for March 8-11 on the Circuit de Catalunya.
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