Hispania are confident they will be quick enough to qualify to the Malaysian Grand Prix this weekend despite not making the grid Australia.
Two weeks ago both cars failed to qualify within 107% of Q1 pacesetter Sebastian Vettel and were not allowed to take part in Sunday’s race.
The team did not attend any of the pre-season testing events and Narain Karthikeyan did not complete a lap until Free Practice 3 on Saturday.
But the team have taken a new front wing to Malaysia and hope it will give them a welcome boost in performance.
Team Principal Colin Kolles said: “The expectations for Malaysia are to get back to normality. We know that the car has potential and we hope to get all updates on the cars.
He was also upbeat about the team’s chances of making the grid on Sunday.
“The 107% should not be an issue under normal circumstances. The target is to do as many laps as possible in free practice in order to prepare for the qualifying session and the race,”Kolles said.
Hiss confidence was shared by his two drivers who both feel the Sepang circuit will suit their car.
“I am really confident and motivated for this race. I’m sure things will be a lot different to Australia because we are better prepared and conscious of what we need to do,” said Vitantonio Liuzzi.
The 107% rule was re-introduced this year after complaints about the uncompetitive new teams in 2010. Both Virgin and Team Lotus cars qualified in Melbourne.