Both Hispania Racing, HRT F1 Team cars were reliable and performed well today in the first two practice sessions of the Japanese Grand Prix. In the morning, Sakon Yamamoto and Bruno Senna did the most laps, covering 54 between them. The Brazilian finished 23rd (1.38.814) and the Japanese, who is running at his home race, ended up 24th (1.39.443). In the afternoon session, both Hispania Racing, HRT F1 Team drivers were able to improve their times by more than one second each, as well as reduce the difference with the other teams.
Dr. Colin Kolles, Team Principal: "It was an effective day for us, as we could do 121 laps in total and we could fulfill our program completely. So we were able get a lot of information in preparation for Sunday. In the morning, the track was green but it improved in the afternoon when it got quicker. Both drivers, Sakon Yamamoto and Bruno Senna, got more experience on this technical track and now we have to see what happens tomorrow, when the track is expected to be wet."
Sakon Yamamoto: "It was good to be back racing in Suzuka in front of my home crowd with the team at this challenging circuit. Today was quite successful and we managed to do many laps. Now we have to analyze the data and work on improving for tomorrow. It is going to be exciting to run here under wet conditions, something which I really like to do."
Bruno Senna: "It was a good day for us and we went through some changes to get a good feedback from the car. We have some ideas of what to do in preparation for the next sessions. Apparently, the weather is going to be wet so we won't be able to carry on with our setup. We hope to do a good job tomorrow and we will see what happens."