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Kolles has not had much to smile in 2011

Hispania team principal, Colin Kolles, believes this weekend’s Turkish grand Prix will provide the team with its best chance to beat its rivals so far this season.

“I believe that the Turkish Grand Prix should see Hispania Racing take the next step.,” Kolles said

“Istanbul Park is a track that, due to its nature, should be favourable for us, add to that the fact that we have aerodynamic and mechanical updates for this race and I think that, if the data is confirmed on track, we should be able to beat our closest rivals.”

The team have struggled in the first three races because their car was not finished early enough to allow the team to do any pre-season testing.

Neither Vitantonio Liuzzi nor Narain Karthikeyan managed to complete a competitive lap in the new car before Saturday afternoon of the first race weekend in Australia.

Kolles said: “Our aim for the weekend is to close the gap with respect to our closest competitors in qualifying and fight for positions in the race, hopefully getting both cars over the finish line.

“Hispania Racing has made significant progress since the start of the season, we are working very hard to improve and definitely will improve.

“I think that, due to the tyre situation, we should see a very close race, anything is possible. In terms of speed, Red Bull is ahead but you never know what will happen,” he added.

In their first season Hispania failed to score a single point and finished bottom of the constructors championship.


Pictures of the new Hispania on track are few and far between

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.