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Hispania target Aussie chequered flag

Monday 22nd March 2010

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Hispania target Aussie chequered flag

Hispania target Aussie chequered flag

The Hispania Racing Team heads to the Australian GP targeting not a points-finish, but just a finish.

Hispania made their F1 debut two weeks ago in Bahrain in rather trying circumstances as the team had failed to take part in pre-season testing.

Their lack of running quickly became apparent as Karun Chandhok and Bruno Senna took the final two places on the grid while neither driver made it to the end of the race.

Chandhok's lap two retirement meant he completed a total of nine laps over the course of the entire Bahrain weekend, an amount he hopes to seriously improve on this time around in Australia.

"I am really looking forward to my second F1 race this weekend. I have never driven in Melbourne, but I am a very quick learner. I was able to work on a team's simulator before the grand prix so that will help my familiarisation a little bit!" said Chandhok.

"Our next step with the team's engineers is to make the car reliable for the race. The secret of good racing preparation is to complete as many laps as possible on Friday to see where we are with the car.

"Finishing the race would be a fantastic achievement we will strive for."

Team boss Colin Kolles agrees with the 26-year-old, adding that the team has been working hard to ensure that first race finish comes "very soon."

"We have worked extremely hard since the Bahrain season opener. We have worked long hours and successfully with Bridgestone, Cosworth and Xtrack 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.

"We have successfully repaired the damage sustained by Karun Chandhok's car and focused on building our car's reliability.

"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."

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