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Japanese GP: Race notes - Hispania

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10/10/2010

Hispania Racing, HRT F1 Team was able to cross the finish line with its two cars today for the sixth time this season. The Spanish team, who was able to fight for positions with its closest rival during the whole of the race, was able to maintain its position in the Formula 1 Championship thanks to the good work the drivers and the whole team did, also demonstrating the consistence and the reliability of the cars. It was also a special race for both Bruno Senna and Sakon Yamamoto, who were racing at home, as they were able to achieve their best result of the season in Suzuka.

It was an unusual Grand Prix, as the qualifying session took place only some hours before the start of the race due to the heavy rain on Saturday, making it the second time in five races that the qualifying session is postponed here at Suzuka. Bruno Senna classified himself 23rd (1.37.270) and Sakon Yamamoto ended up 24th (1.37.365). The drivers from the Spanish team did a very good job during all the weekend, and were able to keep on improving their times in every session during the weekend.

Dr. Colin Kolles, Team Principal: "We are very happy with the race result today and both of our drivers could achieve their best result of the season so far. We had some good fights for positions with the other new teams and could follow their pace. Bruno Senna decided to have an early pit stop during the safety car period and changed to prime tyres. Even with fuel pressure drops, Sakon Yamamoto looked after his car and managed to finish his home race. I want to thank the team for their hard work all over the weekend and now we hope to tie in this success at the next race."

Sakon Yamamoto: "I am glad about my best race result this season and I want to especially thank the Japanese crowd for their great support. It was a tough race and I had some fuel pressure drops. But even though we could fight for positions and could control one of our competitors during many laps. In the end, it was a special feeling to race again here in Suzuka and to be able to help the team achieve its sixth double-car finish this season. I also want to thank the team for doing a great job."

Bruno Senna: "I am really happy with today's result, as I was able to achieve my best result in a race this season, as well as helping the team who has now finished six races with two cars since Bahrain. After an exciting start and many incidents, it was a good decision to do an early pit stop, and I was able to fight for positions and do a good race. I can't leave Japan without saying thank you to all the spectators who have been supporting us during the weekend."

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