HRT team principal Colin Kolles is hoping their untested F111 will not give them “too many surprises” when they run it for the first time in Melbourne.
Kolles said: “We will run our new car for the first time on Friday and hopefully there won’t be too many surprises.
“We are confident that our package is better, quicker and more reliable than last year’s. We have definitely taken a step forward.”
Narain Karthikeyan said he was disappointed not to have driven the car yet and hopes it will be reliable:
“Even though it was disappointing to not be able to drive the new car in Barcelona, I’m sure the car is a significant step forward from last year’s. It certainly looks the business, we just have to wait until Friday morning in Melbourne to put it all into practice.
“I think Albert Park will be a great place to start off with the new F111 since it’s not a very demanding track.
“For a new and unproven car such as ours, I think that reliability is something we need to work on before we can start to extract the maximum performance, so I believe that if both cars finish the race, we will have had a satisfying weekend.”
Team mate Vitantonio Liuzzi responded to recent speculation over the future of the Australian Grand Prix saying: “I’m feeling quite positive coming into the Australian Grand Prix.
“It’s a special Grand Prix where the Australian fans always prove their love for motorsport and Formula 1 in particular, it would be a real shame if Melbourne decides to quit F1.
“Albert Park is a track I like, especially the first three corners where it is difficult to overtake but not impossible, you have to be impeccable in that section in order to do a good lap.”
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