Despite its eleventh-hour launch and having yet turned turned a wheel in anger, the new Hispania Racing Team is confident that it will outpace the other rookie teams, Lotus and Virgin Racing.
At least that’s the opinion of the team’s lead driver, Bruno Senna. The Brazilian is confident – according to data from the team’s chassis supplier, Dallara – that its cars will outperform the other rookies by at least 1 second per lap.
“Lotus and Virgin were just a … second faster than the GP2 cars [In Barcelona], of which Dallara has all the data," Senna, wrote in his column for Motorsport Magazine.
"According to their calculations, we should be faster … of course, much will depend on whether the car is stable from the [outset], to some extent.”
I think that’s a fairly major extent, Bruno!
"I hope that we will be ahead; firstly because of the experience of the Dallara men and secondly because we might have a little luck in the way of some problems hitting the other teams again.”
Does Bruno know something we don’t, or is his confidence sorely misplaced?
[Original image via GP Update]