Having achieved the first goal of simply making the grid in Bahrain, the Hispania Racing Team is now setting its sights on its next goal: making it to the chequered flag in Australia.

After it’s last-minute reprieve courtesy of an internal buy-out and a swift renaming, HRT arrived in Sakhir with neither having run, let alone actually built!

Working absolute miracles, Bruno Senna was able to venture out on track in Friday practice, and managed to run until lap 20 before his engine overheated.

In contrast, team-mate Karun Chandhok’s F1 debut was more fraught: ongoing gearbox issues meant he missed all three practice session, and he was given special dispensation to take part in qualifying, which were his first laps in the car. With no mileage on the circuit, in wasn’t surprising that he crashed out early on.

Despite this, team dentist boss Colin Kolles (pictured) is justifiably proud of the team’s efforts and aiming for bigger things at Melbourne.

Colin Kolles

"We have worked extremely hard since the Bahrain season opener," he said. "We have worked long hours and successfully with Bridgestone, Cosworth and Xtrac learned from our first laps with the car and found a good basis from which to start preparation for our second grand prix in Australia in a few days.

"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."

We’re certainly hoping so, Colin!

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.