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Colin Kolles Q&A: HRT still targeting 10th in the standings 17 Jun 2011

Colin Kolles (GER) Hispania Racing F1 Team (HRT) Team.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, Canadian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Montreal, Canada, Friday, 10 June 2011 Vitantonio Liuzzi (ITA) Hispania Racing F1 Team (HRT) HRT F111.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, Canadian Grand Prix, Race, Montreal, Canada, Sunday, 12 June 2011 Narain Karthikeyan (IND) Hispania Racing F1 Team (HRT) HRTF1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, Canadian Grand Prix, Race, Montreal, Canada, Sunday, 12 June 2011 Vitantonio Liuzzi (ITA) Hispania Racing F1 Team (HRT) HRT F111.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, Canadian Grand Prix, Race, Montreal, Canada, Sunday, 12 June 2011 Vitantonio Liuzzi (ITA) Hispania Racing F1 Team (HRT) HRT F111.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, Canadian Grand Prix, Race, Montreal, Canada, Sunday, 12 June 2011 Narain Karthikeyan (IND) Hispania Racing F1 Team (HRT) F111 on the grid.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, Canadian Grand Prix, Race, Montreal, Canada, Sunday, 12 June 2011 Vitantonio Liuzzi (ITA) Hispania Racing F1 Team (HRT) HRT F111.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, Canadian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Montreal, Canada, Saturday, 11 June 2011

HRT enjoyed an excellent outing at last weekend’s Canadian round. Vitantonio Liuzzi finished ahead of all the other 'new' teams in 13th, whilst team mate Narain Karthikeyan finished just behind him in 14th until a post-race penalty dropped him to 17th. All in all it was a strong showing from one of the grid’s smallest entrants. Team principal Colin Kolles reflects on the Montreal event, discusses his hopes for the rest of the season and looks ahead to starting work on the 2012 HRT at Mercedes’ wind tunnel…

Q: As you predicted after qualifying on Saturday, the race in Canada was crazy…
Colin Kolles:
Yes, as predicted, it was a crazy race with a positive ending for us.

Q: Was the Canadian round been the team’s best race to date? How did the team react to achieving its best-ever position?
CK:
Yes, the Canadian Grand Prix was the team's best result. This is just the result of people, within the team, working very hard. We will continue to work hard and hope to improve and achieve better results.

Q: The team has taken a step forward and is reaffirming itself more and more as a complete structure...
CK:
The team in itself is a strong team with a lot of dedicated people who give 100 percent and work very hard. We are a small team but very efficient.

Q: The team faced a lot of criticism at the start of the season, did you pay much attention to that or did you feel that with time the team would answer its critics?
CK:
Time will always show who is right and who is wrong. Of course there are always things to be improved and criticism is okay as long as people understand what they are talking about.

Q: What has been the key to the team’s improvement?
CK:
Without a doubt, the continuous hard work and dedication put in by every member of the team.

Q: Do you feel there is more pressure than at other teams?
CK:
This is all relative. Some people feel pressure and some don't. The fact is that you have to push every day.

Q: When will the wind-tunnel programme start?
CK:
In July in the Mercedes wind tunnel.

Q: Will this programme focus on the 2012 project?
CK:
We will switch very soon to the 2012 car.

Q: What qualities do both drivers bring to the team?
CK:
They contribute a lot to the team but if I had to single out Tonio and Narain’s biggest virtues, I’d say they are speed and experience.

Q: What is the team’s aim for the next few races?
CK:
There are still a lot of races left this season. We want to improve our results and achieve our target of being 10th in the constructor’s championship.

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