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Colin Kolles Q&A: Yamamoto set to retain HRT seat 03 Sep 2010

Colin Kolles (GER) Hispania Racing F1 Team (HRT) Team Principal.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, European Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Valencia Spain, Saturday, 26 June 2010 Sakon Yamamoto (JPN) Hispania Racing F1 Team (HRT) HRTF1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Belgian Grand Prix, Race, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Sunday, 29 August 2010 Bruno Senna (BRA) Hispania Racing F1 Team (HRT) HRTF1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Belgian Grand Prix, Race, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Sunday, 29 August 2010

After only launching their car in the week before the season opener in Bahrain, it was never going to be an easy debut year for new team HRT. But with the Spanish squad continually improving, team principal Colin Kolles is satisfied with the progress they have made so far. Kolles also seems pleased with driver Sakon Yamamoto, who initially filled in for Bruno Senna at June’s British Grand Prix. Yamamoto has since replaced Karun Chandhok at three races, and it appears Kolles sees no reason to make any more changes in the near future…

Q: The team has improved a lot from the first race in Bahrain…
Colin Kolles:
Yes, the team is becoming more and more one unit and we are making progress.

Q: The Belgium race was the 13th of the season. What can you say about the performance of your drivers?
CK:
I think that both drivers are doing a good job. We had the best qualifying result in Spa so far and Sakon’s lap times were at the same level as Kovalainen's and Glock's in the race. I think there is no reason to make any changes so far.

Q: Now, there are more sponsors logos on the car. What do you think about this?
CK:
Obviously this is a positive sign but we have to work hard to get as much sponsorship as possible for 2011.

Q: Are you proud of the members of your team and the job they are doing to get the car on the grid at every race?
CK:
I am very proud because we cannot say that we had an optimal pre-season preparation. I think they are doing a fantastic job.

Q: How is the financial situation of the team?
CK:
With more sponsors on board the situation is improving. As I mentioned before, in F1 you need a lot of support and this is what we are trying to achieve.

Q: What are your expectations for the upcoming race in Monza?
CK:
Monza is a special race with the highest top speeds. So far we were quite competitive on circuits were high downforce levels are not required.

Q: Where do you think HRT will end up at the last races of the season?
CK:
We will push to end up in 10th position in the constructors’ championship.