Hispania Racing got off to a good start as the Spanish team was able to get a bit closer to the teams ahead of it. In the first practice session, both Christian Klien and Bruno Senna, the drivers for the Brazilian weekend got used to the track.
FP1 Christian Klien F110-03 #20 23rd (18 laps) 1.16.839 Bruno Senna F110-02 #21 24th (30 laps) 1.17.360
FP2 Christian Klien F110-03 #20 23rd (38 laps) 1.16.082 Bruno Senna F110-02 #21 22nd (42 laps) 1.16.070
Christian Klien finished 23rd (1.16.839) and Bruno Senna, who was racing in an F1 car at his home track for the first time, ended up 24th (1.17.360). In the second 90-minute session, both Hispania Racing, HRT F1 Team drivers were able to improve and keep on reducing the difference with the rest of drivers. The Brazilian driver clocked a best time of 1.16.070 (22nd) and the Austrian driver stopped the clock on 1.16.082 (23rd), doing a total of 128 laps between them.
Dr. Colin Kolles, Team Principal:
“It was an efficient first day in Brazil. We completed 128 laps in total and both drivers got used to the track during the day. In the morning, the second gear on Christian Klien’s car broke before the end of the session but the mechanics could fix the problem for the second practice. Other than in Singapore, Christian felt comfortable in the car from the beginning and could adjust the car to his driving style. Bruno Senna showed a solid performance in front of his home crowd. We could close the gap to the other new teams and even end up in front of one of them.”