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Colin Kolles Q&A: HRT plan to debut 2011 car at Bahrain test 25 Jan 2011

Colin Kolles (GER) Hispania Racing F1 Team (HRT) Team Principal.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 14, Italian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Monza, Italy, Friday, 10 September 2010 Sakon Yamamoto (JPN) Hispania Racing F1 Team (HRT) HRTF1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, German Grand Prix, Practice Day, Hockenheim, Germany, Friday, 23 July 2010 Christian Klien (AUT) Hispania Racing F1 Team (HRT) HRTF1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 18, Brazilian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, 6 November 2010

Although most of their rivals are preparing to reveal their 2011 cars at next week’s Valencia test, HRT have announced they plan to unveil the F111 at the final pre-season session in Bahrain from March 3-6. Team principal Colin Kolles discusses the late launch and explains why the Spanish outfit are yet to announce a team mate for recent signing Narain Karthikeyan…

Q: As we are now nearing the first test of 2011, can you give us some details about the car the team will use?
Colin Kolles:
The 2010 car will be utilized at the first tests, and as soon as the 2011 car is ready, we will implement it. The plan is to use the 2011 car at the Bahrain test. The 2011 car will be a completely new car, and will be called the F111.

Q: The Spanish tests seem to be a very good opportunity for the HRT drivers to test the new tyres. What is your opinion?
CK:
Last year we didn’t have the opportunity to do the tests, and this new season we are able to give our drivers the opportunity to do more mileage and to get used to the Pirelli tyres. So, yes, the Spanish tests are very important for us.

Q: What are your impressions of the F111’s progress up until now? Who is working on it?
CK:
The F111 is being made by Hispania Racing with several groups of engineers. At the moment, there are approximately 40 designers finalising the first spec, under the leadership of Geoff Willis as technical director and Paul White as chief designer.

Q: What can you say about your line up for 2011? Is the team preparing to make an announcement in the near future?
CK:
Let’s see. In the next few days there will be several announcements. The second driver has not been decided yet, because we have to make sure that we are making the best choice. We are making progress in all areas which is positive. We are working very hard, and the results will be shown and announced very soon.

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