HRT rookie Karun Chandhok is praying that his Hispania Racing Team can achieve greater reliability at the upcoming Australian GP, although rules out a race finish this weekend.
Chandhok had one of the toughest F1 baptisms since the days of Perry McCarthy, and only managed to venture out on-track on Saturday’s qualifying session after being sidelined in all three free practice sessions as his car was being assembled and then repaired for a gearbox malady.
Having had no time to set up his car to his liking, to achieve a qualifying time only 1.7 seconds slower than team-mate Bruno Senna was a hugely creditable achievement. That he crashed out on the second lap of the race was itself, hardly surprising.
"For some reason, the hydraulic system on my car was more problematic than Bruno’s, so they [Xtrac] took it off my car straight away and went back to England. There are another two systems coming tonight and they say it will be better," Karun told AUTOSPORT.
Karun is hopeful for a less troublesome weekend in Melbourne, although is realistic about the team’s capabilities having started so far behind the other competitors.
"It will be a miracle if we finish the race, and I am not expecting to, but I would like to do 20 laps in each session. If we can do that, the gains we can make will be tremendous – just for me, mileage-wise, you learn so much with the car. We just need to aim to do that," he said.
And we’re certainly hoping you can achieve that, Karun!
[Original image via GP Update]