Canadian GP: Hispania Racing race report

Bruno Senna (BRA) Hispania Racing F1 Team (HRT) HRTF1 leads Karun Chandhok (IND) Hispania Racing F1 Team (HRT) HRTF1. Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, Canadian Grand Prix, Race, Montreal, Canada, Sunday 13 June 2010.

Bruno Senna leads Karun Chandhok

Jun.13 (Grand Prix 247) On a sunny Sunday afternoon in Montrèal, Hispania Racing, HRT F1 Team faught hard for positions with other teams again. Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok got off to a good start and stayed out of trouble in the first lap. Due to other team’s difficulties at the beginning of the race, both drivers moved up places and kept on closing the gap to their competitors. Unfortunately, Bruno Senna had to retire early in the race due to a gearbox issue. His teammate, however, had a good pace and was battling for good positions during the race. In the end, he finished 18th. The Spanish team had a real racing feeling today and was able to gain more experience.

Dr Colin Kolles,
Team Principal:
“Today, we really could race with other teams and were fighting hard for good positions with the other teams.  We were on a two-stopp-strategy like the top six drivers. On one side it was a good race because we could beat Virgin on track. But on the other hand I think that we could have had a better result. Bruno unfortunately had a gear box problem and this is why he had to stop the race.”

Karun Chandhok, Race driver #20:
“Obviously I didn’t drive at all yesterday and it was a good race under these circumstances. We were racing both Virgins and I was eight seconds ahead of Timo Glock even before he stopped in the end. I am quite pleased, at the end realistically we were only racing those three cars and we were ahead of them. It was a tough race with the traffic and everybody was struggling with the tyres. The team did a great job today and the guys did good pit stops under pressure today. The car was reliable, which is what we were struggling with this weekend.”

Bruno Senna, Race driver #21:
“We had a gearbox failure apparently. The second gear was lost and there was no way to finish the race without it on this track. So, we decided to retire which is really disappointing as it could have been a good race for us. Now, we have to make the best of this weekend and focus on the next race in Valencia.”