The Hispania Racing Team will – barring any post-qualifying penalties yet to be announced – line up on the back row of the grid at its second home race of the season, and while the result may not look the best, its relative performance has continued to improve. Just ask Karun Chandhok…
The Indian endured a torrid practice session and was hardly brimful of confidence after a spate of technical issues stymied his ability to set up the car to his liking. However, the GP2 race-winner put in a good performance to line up just 0.4 seconds slower than the Virgins on the row ahead, and managed to out-qualify his team-mate Bruno Senna.
”I am very pleased with how it went today,” Chandhok said after qualifying. “We had a far more productive practice session this morning and played a lot with the electronic settings on my car, which was very useful for qualifying.
“My fastest lap was pretty good – it’s never neat and tidy around here but I think I got the maximum from the car this afternoon. The temperature is expected to be quite high again tomorrow so it will be a tough race for the cars, tyres and drivers. Our race pace has generally been good so I am looking forward to a long race tomorrow.”
Team-mate Bruno Senna was less pleased to be starting from last place – the first time he has suffered this fate in his F1 career – and wound up a quarter of a second slower than his team-mate on his fastest run.
“It was a difficult qualifying session today when the track improved a bit,” he ruefully explained. “But I didn’t get my lap together and I lost a lot of time. Unfortunately, I couldn’t end up with a better result than this, but it is going to be a long race tomorrow and I hope to do a better job then.”
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