During the opening weekend of the new season, Karun Chandhok failed to complete a single lap due to a driving mistake, while Bruno Senna stopped after 17 laps due to a mechanical issue.
“We have successfully repaired the damage sustained by Karun Chandhok's car and focused on building our car's reliability. Our goal is to improve steadily and the next step is to work towards our first race finish. I am confident we will achieve this goal very soon and having seen how we came together as a team in Bahrain I can see just how much potential and commitment we have,” said Kolles.
Both Chandhok and Senna will race for the first time on the Albert Park circuit, with the former insisting that this would be a great opportunity to finish a race for HRT F1. According to the 26-year old Indian, the key to a good performance on Sunday will be to get as many laps as possible in practice, in order to give the engineers some data to work with for the Saturday and Sunday action.
“I have never driven in Melbourne, but I am a very quick learner. I was able to work on a team's simulator before the grand prix so that will help my familiarization a little bit!(...) Finishing the race would be a fantastic achievement we will strive for,” said Chandhok.