Deconstructing Kolles statement…

This is why I am not a fan of Hispania Racing. They constantly paint themselves in a favourable light even when impossible to do so. Martin Brundle, on the BBC commentary, described them as a “waste of petrol” and to be honest, I agree.

This is a statement made by Colin Kolles, Hispania Racing Team Principal, after the team failed to qualify for the Australian GP. I have added my own thoughts to each line:

“In the end it just couldn’t be, still I’m incredibly proud of my whole team. Our drivers produced the maximum in the least amount of time possible.”

Why was it the least amount of time possible? If that is the maximum they could do, it doesn’t bode well for the season.

“We managed to get both cars ready in time for qualifying and proved that the car is capable of running a lot quicker than today.”

Other teams got their cars ready for FP1 and FP2, so this isn’t a big achievement really. Proved the car was faster? How exactly, it was as slow in the morning as it was in qualifying.

The circumstances in which we arrived were not as desired. We created a miracle again, but it wasn’t enough.”

Why were the circumstances not ideal? Again, the car was launched at the last test, but couldn’t be run due to ‘parts being held up at customs.’ Yet the team turn up in Melbourne with two incomplete and unbuilt cars. Were they ever likely to run in testing? Were parts really held up? I am now not so sure.

We’ll be back stronger than ever in Malaysia. There we will have more time to test the car and show where the F111 really belongs”.

In the skip to be honest. With no testing, I fail to see how they are going to improve the car to make it three seconds faster, and make the cut in qualifying, and then get close to everyone else on the grid.

Virgin Racing came out last year and admitted they hadn’t built a big enough fuel tank. You would imagine, had that fate befallen HRT, they’d have blamed their fuel supplier for making it from a thicker liquid, or the FIA for not regulating fuel density…


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